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A RAVENSTHORPE man has been jailed for 14 years after police caught him transporting a cache of lethal weapons. Faisal Younis, 31, was found with three prohibited firearms – including a loaded MAC-10 sub-machine gun – in a rucksack when officers stopped the VW Golf private-hire vehicle he was travelling in last October. Bradford Crown Court heard that the bag also contained Bruni and Reck Miami selfloading pistols and a quantity of ammunition which could be used in the three weapons. West Yorkshire Police had been carrying out an operation in the Quarry Road area of

worth of heroin and crack cocaine. Mr Askins said while there had been 11 firearms discharges in Kirklees from April 1, 2017 to August 29, 2017, none of the seized firearms have been linked to any discharge. Younis, of Tanhouse Street, Ravensthorpe, had already pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, possession of two selfloading pistols and a sawn-off shotgun. He denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court last November, but changed his plea to guilty on the basis that he had been acting as a “custodian courier”. Defending Younis, Soheil Khan said he had a serious

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THREE GUNS? 14 YEARS... Dewsbury in relation to drugs and firearms offences when Younis was arrested on October 12. His arrest came after police had wrongly raided the nearby home of Zaffar Iqbal during the same operation. Prosecutor Nicholas Askins said the magazine of the MAC10 contained 20 nine-millimetre cartridges loaded with full metal jacket bullets. The other two pistols were empty, but the rest of the ammunition that was seized could have been used in those guns. After his arrest, officers searched a bedsit flat on Quarry Road which Younis had been renting and using as a storage facility where they found a sawn-off shotgun under a bed, and almost £90,000

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lapse in judgement after getting involved in the offending. The court heard that CCTV from the flats on Quarry Road captured Younis leaving with the rucksack minutes before officers swooped to arrest him. Recorder Ray Singh told Younis: “You must appreciate that you have pleaded guilty to very serious and significant criminal offending.” He went on to say that Younis was an integral part of the drugs supply network being used for protection or to enforce “territorial claims”. Sentencing him to 14 years, Mr Singh said: “Those firearms would undoubtedly be used to intimidate, used to kill, used to maim.” He ordered the forfeiture of the firearms, ammunition and drugs seized by police.

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Deaths AFSAR ADAM On April 2, tragically, of Dewsbury, formerly of Huddersfield, aged 34 years, partner of Katie. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Tuesday April 17 at 2.45pm.

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Park, Mirfield, aged 89 years, wife of Jeff. Funeral service will be held at Huddersfield Crematorium on Wednesday April 25 at 2.45pm.

FRYER WENDY On March 30, suddenly, of Heckmondwike, aged 71 years, wife of Harry. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Friday April 20 at 11.15am.

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GOODALL PHILIP (FIF) On April 1, in hospital, of Crackenedge, aged 68 years, husband of Mary. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Thursday April 26 at 12.30pm.

HARDCASTLE ANN On April 9, peacefully at Kirkwood Hospice, of Mirfield, aged 77 years, wife of David. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Friday May 4 at 11.15am.

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On March 24, at Manorcroft Care Home, formerly of Mirfield, Horbury and Ossett, aged 82 years, beloved hus-

band, dad, grandad and brother. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Wednesday April 18 at 2pm.

hospital, of Birstall, aged 72 years, husband of Lynne. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Thursday April 19 at 10am.

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On April 3, at Hopton Care Cottages, Mirfield, aged 82 years, wife of the late Ken. Funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, on Thursday April 19 at 1.45pm.

On April 8, peacefully at home, of Healey, Batley, aged 81 years, wife of the late Maurice. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Mary of the Angels RC Church, Batley, on Tuesday April 24 at 11.30am.

MATHER MARGARET On April 1, at Bradford Royal Infirmary, aged 90 years, wife of Thomas. Funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, on Monday April 23 at 10am.

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Peacefully on 15th March at Pinderfields Hospital, Valerie aged 70 years. Beloved wife of John, dearly loved mum to Christopher, Simone and Michelle, treasured mother-in-law to Gus and a very much loved and cherished grandma to Joseph. Funeral service will take place at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Wednesday 18th April at 3:15pm, immediate family flowers only, donations in lieu may be made to Parkinson’s UK. Would all friends meet at the crematorium and accept this as the only intimation. All enquiries to Joseph Sheard Funeral Directors. Tel 01924 492219 MOORBY DAVID On April 5, peacefully in

OWENS PETER On April 6, at home, of Birstall, aged 80 years, husband of Ruth. Funeral service and Mass will be held at St Paul’s RC Church, Cleckheaton, on Tuesday April 24 at 10.30am.

PICKERING MICHAEL ANTHONY On April 8, suddenly but peacefully at Pinderfields Hospital, aged 70 years, husband of Ruby. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Tuesday May 1 at 12.30pm.

SCHOFIELD TOM On April 3, peacefully at Dewsbury & District Hospital, of East Bierley, aged 87 years, much loved by family and friends. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Tuesday April 24 at 11.15am.

SUMMERSCALES EILEEN On April 3, peacefully at Dewsbury & District Hospital, of Heckmondwike, aged 95 years, wife of the late Arthur. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Thursday April 19 at 11.15am.

WAINWRIGHT NELLIE On April 1, peacefully at Prince of Wales Hospice, of Horbury, formerly of Mirfield, wife of Norman. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Friday April 20 at 10am.

WHITE (NEE FORBES) VALERIE On April 3, at Kirkwood Hospice, of Cleckheaton, aged 60 years, a dearly loved and loving mum, daughter and sister. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Monday April 23 at 1.15pm.

WILBY JASON ANDREW On April 2, tragically, of Thornhill Lees, aged 27 years, son of Sandra and the late Andrew. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Friday April 20 at 12.30pm.

YATES (NEE THOMAS) JOHN On March 19, peacefully at Priestley Care Home, aged 87 years. Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Monday April 23 at 2pm.

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Who are they? POLICE investigating a theft at a supermarket in Batley have released two images of men they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Officers think the duo (pictured) can help with their enquiries into the incident at Tesco Extra, on Bradford Road, at around

11.45pm on January 29. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 131800 48571.

New minister visits district NORTH KIRKLEES: The new Minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, visited the district this week. The Tory politician joined Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin to see what work was being done to tackle isolation. The pair spent time with volunteers and young carers at Windy Bank Community Centre before moving on to Batley Food Bank. Ms Crouch said: “I really wanted to come to Batley & Spen today because it is at the heart of the programme around loneliness that Jo (former Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox) started and that Tracey and her colleagues are continuing.”

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News In Brief Police chase trio sent to Crown Court

A MAN who won a trolley dash stocked up on more than a month’s worth of shopping at the Co-op in Mirfield. The store donated the dash to the MyMirfield dinner and awards event and Carl Bird of Ravensthorpe filled his trolley with £244 of goods in his two minutes. The auction raised funds towards the town’s new Mirfield in Bloom initiative. Richard Hartley, of MyMirfield, said: “The aim in the first year is to improve the look of the railway station, canal and bridges, decorate the high street and to encourage other initiatives across the town.” The Mirfield Co-op community team were rewarded with the ‘above and beyond’ prize in the community award category for their work with local good causes.

Terror cops release Headfield Road pair ‘No evidence found’ after armed police blast way into two houses By Steve Martyn TWO Dewsbury men arrested after pre-planned anti-terror raids have been released without charge. The men, aged 52 and 21 and believed to be father and son, were arrested early last Tuesday morning after armed police swooped on two houses in Headfield Road. People across Dewsbury reported being woken by what were described as “explosions” as counter terrorism police entered a bungalow at 149 Headfield

Road, and a detached property at 237 Headfield Road, opposite the junction with Ashfield. The pair were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. They were released without charge on Saturday evening but police say the investigation is ongoing. A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priori-

ty at all times. “Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge the men with terrorism offences.” Kirklees District Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter said: “I’d like to thank local residents for their support and patience over the last few days, which have understandably caused some concern within our communities. “Public safety remains our utmost priority and I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the

Hanging Heaton residents in wrong ward for years MORE THAN 20 people may have been registered to vote in the wrong ward for the last 15 years, it was admitted this week. Aleks Lukic, an independent candidate for Dewsbury East, found a discrepancy when looking at the electoral register and boundary maps for Hanging Heaton. Officials have now conceded that 21 people living on High Street, Hanging Heaton, should actually be voting for Batley East candidates rather than Dewsbury East. The error, which affects 12 properties, also means the 21 electors will now vote in a different parliamentary seat, moving from Dewsbury & Mirfield to Batley & Spen. Mr Lukic said: “They might have been voting in the wrong ward ever since the boundaries were re-drawn 15 years ago. Jonathan Scott (a former Dewsbury South Conservative councillor) says he reported this discrepancy at the 2010

General Election but no action was taken. I am anticipating a potentially close result in Dewsbury East, so it is vital that the election is run on accurate registers.” Martin Haigh, assistant electoral services manager, said: “We are writing to the affected electors to inform them of the change in voting arrangements, both in terms of their new polling station and the ward in which they will be vot-

ing in for all future elections. “An amended poll card letter, which will include new elector number details and a further reminder about their new polling station details will also be sent around April 19. “All candidates in the Batley East and Dewsbury East wards will be contacted and will be offered the option of a revised register which reflects the amendments to both wards.”

Best friends’ inquests opened AN INQUEST into the death of two best friends from Thornhill Lees who were killed after a head-on smash on the M62 revealed that they died within minutes of each other. Adam Afsar, 34, was driving with his passenger Jason Wilby, 27, when they were hit by a black Vauxhall Insignia

driving the wrong way down the westbound carriageway near to Junction 26 in the early hours of April 2. Coroner Martin Fleming heard that father-of-two Mr Afsar died at the scene at 2.59am, while Mr Wilby was declared dead three minutes later at 3.02am. He said that police were investigating

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potential criminal charges against the driver of the oncoming car, who sustained non-life threatening injuries. A brief hearing was held at Bradford Coroner’s Court on Tuesday before a criminal investigation is carried out, and the inquests were adjourned until the end of July.

public of Kirklees. “As always, we would encourage people to come forward if they have concerns about suspicious activity. “We work very closely with our colleagues at Counter Terrorism Policing North East and are committed to ensuring that any information we receive continues to be acted upon quickly and efficiently.” Information can be shared with police in confidence on 0800 789321. Reports can also be made online at gov.uk/act.

NORTH KIRKLEES: Three men will appear at Leeds Crown Court after denying charges of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving. Suliman Akhbar, 22, of Lobley Street in Heckmondwike, Adam Dawoodji, 25, of Hope Street in Dewsbury, and Shakeel France, 28, of Rockhouse Drive in Dewsbury, were allegedly involved in a high-speed police chase through Dewsbury which saw them reach 70mph in a stolen blue VW Golf on September 11. Akhbar is also accused of using a vehicle without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Kirklees magistrates heard that the car didn’t stop for officers, allegedly colliding with other vehicles and reversing into a police car. The men were granted unconditional bail until their trial on May 8.

Town traders plan community events DEWSBURY: Traders in Dewsbury are aiming to bring the community together by holding a pillow fight with the chance to win prizes. They are inviting youngsters to come and take part on Sunday May 6 at Sohail Jewellers on Northgate in the town centre from 9am to 12pm, with another event scheduled for Sunday May 27 when the winners will be announced. There will be refreshments served on both days, and shopkeepers from the town centre have donated prizes, including food vouchers. For more information, ring Mrs Heffernan at Mezrab Dezine on 07504 540675.

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News In Brief Schools news due KIRKLEES: Parents will find out which primary school their children will be going to by this Monday April 16. The council will email parents on Monday, but they can also log on to the Kirklees Parent Portal from 12.30am to find out. If parents aren’t happy with the offer made and want to look at an alternative, they can contact Kirklees Pupil Admissions. An appeal can also be lodged to an independent panel where a school place has been refused. The service can be contacted via pupiladmissions@kirklees.gov.uk or on 01484 225007. More information is available at kirkleestogether.co.uk.

Relatives sought BATLEY: Coroners are appealing for help in tracing relatives of a Batley man who passed away on April 5. Norman Clafton, of Preston Street, died of natural causes and family members are asked to contact coroner’s officer Malcolm Dyson on 01274 373719.

You won’t be board! MIRFIELD: A club for board game lovers is meeting next week at Mirfield Library. The Game On club sees members of all ages play classic board games. Next week’s meeting is on Wednesday, April 18, at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. It’s on every third Wednesday of the month, with the next one scheduled for May 16. Everyone is welcome to bring a game of their own or play one already provided. Refreshments are available.

Art retrospective BATLEY: A new exhibition by former art teacher and artist Tom Ratcliffe is on display at Batley Art Gallery. ‘Retrospective’ can be viewed until June 23 from 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-7pm on Mondays, and 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays.

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Mum’s helmet warning after son’s horror crash A DEWSBURY mum has urged cyclists to wear helmets and other protective equipment after her son suffered horrific facial injuries in a road accident. Rhian Haigh’s 14-year-old son Leon Noakes was riding down Hopton Lane in Mirfield when he hit a curb and catapulted headfirst over the handlebars and into a wall. He wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time. The Mirfield Free Grammar pupil had to have 48 stitches in his face, suffering a ripped eyelid and lacerations to his left cheek and lips. Mum-of-five Rhian said the left side of Leon’s face could be paralysed because of nerve damage and she expects him to be scarred for life. Rhian, 34, said: “It’s more about helmet safety, I know it’s his face and it wouldn’t have stopped that, but he came off over the handle bars and hit the side of his face on a wall on the way down. “If he’d have had his helmet on it would have hit the side of his helmet first, it might not have saved his top lip and his chin but definitely his forehead and maybe even his eye.” Leon was out with four friends last Tuesday afternoon when he braked too hard coming off a bend. A passer-by, who stayed with

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Leon until help arrived, phoned an ambulance and then called Rhian. She added: “I was really shocked, it was just awful because when he got the bike for Christmas he wanted to go meet his friends. “My friends and family convinced me that I was being overprotective and I thought, maybe I am and I’d just started to relax

about it and then this happened. “The days leading up to it he hadn’t been out of the house. I was telling him the day before, are you going out tomorrow, and I wish I hadn’t have done.” Leon spent a night at Pinderfields Hospital and is now recovering at home in Dewsbury Moor. His mum said she wants Leon’s accident to be a lesson for others.

A RAVENSTHORPE man who admitted assaulting his partner will have to face another court hearing as the couple’s version of events differed so much. Romian Tipan, 42, said he only slapped his victim, while she said he grabbed her by her hair and threw her to the ground, kicked her in the leg and squeezed her jaw during the incident at the couple’s home on Myrtle Avenue, Ravensthorpe, on March 6. Kirklees magistrates were told Tipan became angry when he saw her checking Facebook on her computer. He allegedly threatened to hit her with the monitor and also punched her in the elbow. Prosecutor Natalie Chapman said Tipan had tried to stop the victim from leaving and refused to call an ambulance. District Judge Michael Fanning called for a ‘Newton hearing’ to determine who was telling the truth, which will be held on June 18. A Newton hearing is used when the two sides offer such conflicting evidence that a judge tries to decide who is telling the truth. Tipan will be sentenced after the trial, because he admitted to a charge of assault.

Taxi driver had taken cocaine A TAXI driver lost his job and has been banned from driving after leading police on a car chase through Heckmondwike. Nasser Iqbal said he didn’t stop because he had taken cocaine at a party the night before. Police noticed the 35-yearold when he drove his VW Golf on Redfearn Avenue before turning into Wood Avenue, then Hadfield Road. He was driving at more than 50mph in a 30mph zone and didn’t slow down when he

went through a give way sign. Iqbal eventually stopped on Leeside Road after hitting a curb. Prosecutor Andy Wills told Kirklees magistrates that Iqbal apologised to officers, saying: “I drove away. I thought I could get away and I put my hands up – I’m sorry.” Iqbal, of Pilgrim Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, admitted to taking a Class A drug, but when tested he wasn’t actually under the influence.

Defending Iqbal, Paul Blanchard said: “Police didn’t have to take significant action to bring him to a stop. It seems to have been a relatively short pursuit and no vehicles had to take evasive action.” Iqbal was banned for 14 months, must do 220 hours of unpaid work and complete a community order, including 10 days of rehabilitation activities. He must pay £85 in court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Ahmadiyyan elders helping out MEMBERS of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) held a dinner to promote a charity walk for peace. The group raises money by organising walks up and down the country and then distributes the cash raised to other charities. The AMEA announced they would be holding their own walk for peace in Dewsbury in September to help raise money and awareness of the charity’s goal – to bring people from different backgrounds together. A total of £4,500 was given out to local charities at the dinner at St John’s Infants School, Dewsbury, last Thursday, £500 of which went to the Batley Food Bank (pictured). Deputy Mayor Gwen Lowe (Lab, Batley West) spoke of her personal experience with the walk for peace, which she took part in last year, while

Coun Eric Firth (Lab, Dewsbury East) and Coun Habiban Zaman (Lab, Batley East) also attended. Members of the AMEA, and anyone else who wants

to join in, will be walking through Dewsbury on September 1. For more information or to be nominated as a beneficiary visit www. charitywalkforpeace.org.


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News In Brief Man charged over mistreating daughter

POLICE investigating a fatal car crash in Birstall have released a photo of two potential witnesses they want to speak to. Sandra Lee, from Batley, was hit by a red Skoda Fabia when it reversed down Brookroyd Lane near its junction with Brookroyd View on Tuesday March 13. The car crashed into Mrs Lee, 56, and then careered through a fence into a garden. Mrs Lee was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where she later died. Officers are continuing enquiries and are still trying to trace a man and a woman (pictured) who could be potential witnesses. The Major Collision and Enquiry Team are asking for any witnesses to call them on 101, quoting log 799 of Tuesday March 13.

RAVENSTHORPE: A father has denied charges of assault and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour after allegedly starving his daughter and threatening her. The man, from Ravensthorpe, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is accused of forcing his 17-year-old daughter to pray and wear a headscarf as well as threatening to cut her hair and not letting her see her family. Kirklees magistrates heard that the alleged offences happened between January last year and February this year. The father is also accused of threatening to leave his daughter in the house and set it on fire, forcing her to cook and clean, making degrading remarks about her appearance and starving her. His trial will be held at the Huddersfield court on June 25 and he must not contact the complainant in that time.

Ponderosa ploughs on £1,000 reward to nab vandals, as owner Cook stays positive By Zoe Shackleton THE OWNER of a Heckmondwike animal park says he isn’t letting the latest spate of vandalism get in the way of reopening the refurbished site. Parts of Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre were smashed up last week by vandals who threw chairs in the water, broke picnic tables, stole bird boxes and tried to open animal cages. The zoo, off Smithies Lane, was closed last October for a complete makeover, days after a series of complaints were made online which claimed that some of the attraction’s animals were housed BATLEY: Older people in Kirklees are invited to try mosaicmaking at a free workshop on Tuesday April 24. The event is part of the First Time for Everything, aimed at elderly activities. It runs from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at Batley Older People’s Centre, with lunch provided. Turn up on the day or call 01924 446100 to book a place.

in unsuitable conditions. But Ponderosa officials said the revamp was long-planned and unconnected to the flurry of bad publicity. Despite the latest vandalism setback it is due to re-open on May 7 with new attractions, revamped animal pens and more facilities for people with learning difficulties. Founder Howard Cook MBE said: “We worked through tough conditions all winter – gritting the roads, keeping the animals going, feeding the animals, and then you’ve got these people trying to pull you backwards. “It’s just so hard and it makes you wonder at times what you do

it for, and they’re affecting the people that we’re looking after with learning difficulties. “We’ve 70 people here every day and they take pride in what they do and when they see things that are pulled down and smashed up they’re all in tears. “People don’t see that and that’s the part I’m very annoyed about.” Mr Cook says the renovation plans are just a sign of things to come at the park, which aims to bridge the gap between disabled and able-bodied people. “We never give in, we aren’t defeatist,” insisted Mr Cook. “We have a lot of different visions, we’ve really looked at

Vodka thief already drunk A PROLIFIC offender who tried to steal two bottles of vodka from a supermarket has avoided jail. Waqas Hussain admitted to being drunk when he attempted to take the alcohol, worth £76, from the Asda store in Dewsbury on February 3. The 31-year-old put the bottles in a foil-lined bag to try and stop detection alarms going off, but he was detained and the goods were recovered.

Hussain, who had 68 previous offences on his record, said that he couldn’t remember what had happened because he had drunk two bottles of vodka before being arrested. Mitigating, Victoria Sims said that he had a problem with alcohol and would bingedrink a few times a week. Hussain must complete a sixmonth community order with alcohol treatment, and pay an £85 victim surcharge.

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A TEAM of youngsters embarked on the trip of a lifetime this week to raise money for the homeless. Batley Homeless Project volunteers climbed Ben Nevis on Tuesday, got to grips with survival skills on Wednesday and then helped feed the needy in Glasgow yesterday (Thursday). Around 20 volunteers aged 14 to 16 were sponsored to fund the trip with all surplus donations going to the homeless project. Founder Ash Hussain said they have raised over £5,000 and in doing so gained more awareness about what the project does – helping the vulnerable and needy across West Yorkshire. They linked up with Glasgow organisation Help 4 the Homeless to help out in their street kitchen and also joined ex-veterans from Adventures for Heroes who took them through

survival and life skills. The Co-op in Mirfield donated trolleys of food for the five days. For more information visit the Batley Homeless Project Facebook page.

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everything. “The gardens have all been done up, all the pens have been re-shaped, we’ve moved all the animals and we’ve got a lot more facilities for a lot more people.” A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed reports of criminal damage between April 5 and 7. Mr Cook offered a £1,000 reward to help catch the culprits, and said he had given the name of a potential suspect to police who were carrying on their investigations. The 74-year-old also confirmed he had submitted plans with Kirklees Council to adapt the animal park even further.

Social care review KIRKLEES: Council officials want people’s opinions on potential changes to adult social care. The authority is reviewing the funding and support users receive, plus the way payments are made and used. Officials will be considering a number of other changes and a consultation exercise has been launched. You can fill it out on the council website (www.kirklees.gov.uk) or by emalling kirklees@publicperspectives.co.uk for a paper copy. People have until May 17.

Robbery arrests HECKMONDWIKE: Three men were arrested in the town centre on Monday in connection with a robbery. Several police vehicles descended on Market Street shortly before 6.20am to arrest the 20, 21 and 49-year-olds. A police spokesman said the arrests were in connection with an offence in Liversedge on Sunday.


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LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE Danny Lockwood

Mind the gap ’cos I’m incandescent AM “incandescent with rage” – to borrow the teddy-throwing outburst of BBC presenter Sarah Montague – at the insulting gender pay gap at the BBC. I recently appeared on their flagship current affairs show Newsnight. It involved four hours of travel and preparation, the ordeal of having my head rendered with industrial strength ladies’ foundation, all before my starring role on the headline segment. Pray tell, fellow TV licence payers – I was paid how much exactly? Go on, take a guess. ‘How mooooch’ as we say in Yorkshireland? Bugger all, that’s how mooooch! Exploited, clearly because I’m just a ‘man’. A free bed in a hotel round the corner from Broadcasting House, adjacent to a 24-hour tube line (free earplugs at least) and that was it. The only other thing I received

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Emily Maitlis – an impressive performer, says Ed was a pleasant ‘thanks’ from the Newsnight staff, which I took as a coded sigh of relief that I hadn’t slapped the insulting other guest.

Going back 20 years I used to get a nice wedge from the BBC for spots on their Radio 4 media show The Message. When the Newsnight request came in I was too polite to mention money – but there you are, the sum remuneration was nowt. In fact when I went for a brewski in the Green Room afterwards with reporter John Sweeney the fridge was full of chilled bottles – but no bottle opener! Auntie Beeb (and isn’t that sexist?) sure is looking after your money folks. It meant that my party trick of opening bottles with my teeth was much appreciated but I doubt my three bottles of Carlsberg Export scratches the estimated £500 an hour presenter Emily Maitlis gets paid. Now I accept – Political Incorrectness alert! – that the lovely Ms Maitlis has lots more going for her. For

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starters she has a far, far nicer bum, which you viewers don’t tend to see, but we guests do. So speaking literally in ‘hindsight’, that was as close as I got to benefits in kind from the BBC. (I guess they won’t be inviting me back after that, but at least I won’t be out of pocket!) ACK to my shared incandescence with Sarah Montague who departed the Radio 4 Today programme over revelations her £150,000-ish wage is far below that of fellow presenter John Humphrys. I can’t stand Humphrys, like I can’t stand Manchester United star Paul Pogba, but I appreciate their star quality. And that is the entire point. Man Utd are starting a ladies football team and I confess I wouldn’t recognise a single female Premier League player if I tripped over her getting a shave and a haircut in my barbers. But if you follow Montague’s logic, Man Utd’s best lady player ought to be on the same coin as Paul Pogba. Both are footballers, with the same employer, both kick balls to greater or lesser effect, so why the inequality? Sarah Montague will say that, aha, she was on the selfsame team as Humphrys, whereas the female Man U player isn’t in Pogba’s and there’s the difference! No Sarah, actually, again, there’s the point. Lots of Man Utd players make less money than Pogba in a week, than you make in a year. It’s obscene money, you say? Absolutely, no question there – and so is what John Humphrys gets, too. But it isn’t about gender, it’s about talent and reputation, which is entirely subjective, often unfairly so.

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LOVE my sport. I’m not so keen generally on billionaire soccer players diving about crying, but that bloke Ronaldo is something special. The Masters golf at the weekend was terrific. But I haven’t watched a single minute of the meaningless Commonwealth Games; nothing against the good old Commonwealth, it’s just all a bit third division – the Home Nations against the Aussies, Kiwis, South Africa and India. Any lingering doubts I might have had disappeared when reading about Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard (pictured),

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who was in gold medal position until sadly blowing her elbow out. Sad for her, not for the actual women competing. You see, less than six years ago and already a weightlifting champ, she was called Gavin, complete with the full meat and two veg. This is not about gender or confused.coms, it’s about a fully mature bloke, with all the physical and muscular benefits Mother Nature bestowed, changing sex overnight to compete against women with barely a chance. Sorry folks but if that’s sport, the I’m the Queen of Sheba. On second thoughts...

O, THE Donald is going to let the Syrians/Russians have it – rockets, new ones (I can’t imagine second hand ones are in much demand) and ‘smart’ too. Well, if the rocket gets off the ground it will be smarter than that dangerous idiot. Should Theresa May support Trump? In this weird world, it might depend how much she wants a Brexit trade deal with the USA. Madness, isn’t it? Still, if it was Jeremy Corbyn in No.10 you would have a problem, because the communist fool would be quietly turning our rockets to point at America. His equally stupid MP colleague, Naz Shah of Bradford, tweeted her praise of the South African gangster and murderer Winnie Mandela, quoting her infamous comment “With our necklaces and boxes of matches we shall liberate our country.” Winnie was referring to car tyres, filled with petrol, used to put round the necks of opponents – black people – and burn them alive. That’s the quality of politician who would run the UK folks.

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It’s about people’s subjective likes and what they will pay to watch or listen to, – which equals market forces, which in turn equals subjective remuneration. Which is why despite my reasonably tight, age-defying buns, in journalistic terms Emily Maitlis is worth obscenely more money than I am. I have seen her in action, close up, and I was in awe – of the journalistic professionalism, not the pert derriere.

Because they are ten a penny, while her talent isn’t. PS: I’ve done the gender pay gap exercise for my businesses. There’s total equality on one, a 10% deficit on another, and an embarrassing 25% male-female gap on the last. I will take immediate action to remedy the situation and level the playing field – but I don’t think the ladies will be best pleased at having to stomach a pay cut in the name of gender equality.

Terror arrests were always dodgy I WISH I’d had the courage of my convictions last week after the masked Dewsbury SWAT teams blew the doors off two Headfield Road houses, and half the neighbourhood out of their beds in the dead of night, before carting off two men as suspected terrorists. I messaged former local councillor Jonathan Scott the following day with this scenario: Given that Tuesday April 3 was the so-called ‘Punish a Muslim’ day, imagine at the weekend maybe at a Savile Town mosque, a couple of blokes understandably angry, say ‘**** that, we should blow up the White Rose centre and give them something to pun-

ish’. A community-spirited local overhears it, calls 999 and boom, doors are kicked in before three days later police find nowt and embarrassingly release the suspects… Well, I was wrong. It took five days for the innocent men to be released, and for the gun-toting cowboys of NE Counter Terrorism to leave poor Kirklees Police Chief Supt Steve Cotter to state: “Public safety remains our utmost priority and I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of Kirklees.” He went on to encourage local people to report any suspicions, which as much as confirms to me what actually

happened – and why he was the poor schmuck left with the lame explanations. The reason I didn’t write my suspicions last week was because the police called it a “pre-planned, intelligence-led operation” as if they’d been watching these men for months. It’s clear they had no intelligence worth calling it and no patience to undergo proper surveillance. On one hand, you can argue that immediate, route-one action was required, but I’m also minded that these blokes jump at any chance to pull up their paramilitary masks and go flash, bang wallop with their guns and stun grenades.


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HWD radio’s marathon BROADCASTERS at Dewsbury and District Hospital are doing a radio marathon to raise funds to keep their station on air. Volunteer presenters will be on air from 7pm today to 9pm on Sunday as part of their Fundraising 50 initiative. HWD Hospital Radio is a charity which serves hospital patients and staff, and is live on the internet. Chairman Mike Binns said: “We’ll be encouraging listeners to join in throughout the 50 hours marathon broadcast and there’s live commentary from the big rugby game between Dewsbury

Rams and Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack (Sunday).” Pictured are HWD Hospital radio presenters Lincoln Livesey and Roy Able.

‘Victim’ in court Stolen vouchers taken to nearby shop A WOMAN who was in the news after suffering a violent race assault has been fined after she tried to use stolen gift vouchers. Nicola Hurst, 32, of Cardigan Close, Soothill, had accused police of failing to investigate what she said was a racially motivated attack by three Asian males in Batley last November. Hurst (pictured) appeared before Kirklees Magistrates after trying to cash vouchers stolen from Althams Travel Service, on Commercial Street in Batley, last June. No arrests were made after £1,000 worth of vouchers and cash were stolen. Hurst attempted to hand over some of the vouchers at

Brown & Gold pawnbrokers on July 13, just a few doors down from the travel agents. The court heard Hurst claimed to have won them in a raffle.

Prosecutor Andy Wills said: “The manager wrote down the serial number and was immediately suspicious as she knew that the nearby property had been subjected to a burglary.” The serial number matched one of the stolen vouchers but Hurst, who had 39 previous offences, denied any involvement when arrested. She pleaded guilty to dishonestly handling stolen goods. Magistrates were told that she had recently been subject to a violent assault and her “finances were all over the place” as a result. She was fined £120 and will have to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever ON BEHALF of the Chidswell Action Group, I would like to update your readers on our fight to protect the beautiful unspoilt countryside located on green belt at Chidswell and Shaw Cross. Following on from the fundraising quiz we held in March and the response to our leaflet appealing for donations, we were able to raise more money than needed to pay for legal fees to enable our planning lawyer to put forward statements and to attend the relevant planning hearings relating to Chidswell.

Letter of the Week: Mark Eastwood, chairman of Chidswell Action Group We were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by residents in the area, and again on behalf of the group, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank

Thank you for your kindness

She went out of her way and even took us home. God bless you, and thank you once again.

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May we through The Press thank the lovely lady in Heron Foods who on Wednesday March 28 very kindly paid for our mum’s shopping when she left home without her purse. Mum was a little confused that day due to starting some new medication. Your kindness is really appreciated and we will pass on your good deed. From grateful daughters.

A real Good Samaritan From: Eileen Wilson My son and I wish to thank the very kind lady who came to help me when my leg collapsed whilst tending my late husband’s grave in Batley Cemetery on Good Friday. If it had not been for this lady we would have been stranded.

From: Coun Robert Finnigan, Morley Borough Independent Councillor I am writing to you to pass on my thanks to the Chidswell Action Group and their spokesman Mark Eastwood for their support at the recent public examination by a planning inspector at Batley Town Hall. The action group and Mark Eastwood has worked tirelessly to prevent the destruction of green belt at Chidswell and its replacement by greedy developers with large numbers of houses and a gigantic industrial estate. As an independent councillor I was delighted to attend the public examination – along with Mark Eastwood and other members of Chidswell Action Group – to speak against the proposal

you to all those who have supported us with donations thus far. I must also make a note of thanks to neighbouring Morley Town Council and their independ-

because of the negative impact it would have on local roads, schools and health centres which are overwhelmed with demand from the communities already living in the area. Indeed Woodkirk High School is full, as are Hilltop and Westerton primary schools, with waiting lists for Tingley children who want a place. The local health centre at Leigh View can barely cope with patients already on its lists with waiting times measured in weeks, not days. The A653 and Junction 28 of the M62 are already congested with traffic at peak times and the overdevelopment at Chidswell will make a bad situation worse. As an independent councillor on Leeds City Council it was interesting to see the total lack of support we had from local Labour politicians from either side of the Leeds/Kirklees Council border. Morley and Tingley Labour councillors – who claimed to be campaigning against the Chidswell proposal – failed to turn up to the hearing. Our relationship with

LATEST PLANNING APPLICATIONS Z Iqbal, single-storey side and rear extension, first floor extension to form living accommodation with new roof and dormer windows, 173 Whitechapel Road, Scholes, Cleckheaton. D Medley, C/O Agent, certificate of lawfulness for proposed erection of single storey rear extension, 57 Occupation Lane, Dewsbury. A Dadipatel, demolition of existing garage, erection of single and two-storey extensions (including terrace), widening of vehicular entrance and erection of gates, 14 Park Road, Westborough. James Wilby, basement extension and porch to front, 33 Walker Street, Earlsheaton. R Abed, change of use from bank (A2) to restaurant and hot food takeaway (A3 and A5) and alterations to front elevation, Santander, 51 Commercial Street, Batley. Mr & Mrs Rose, single-storey rear extension and porch to front, 3 York Drive, Upper Batley. Jeff Hornby, certificate of lawfulness for proposed dormer, 36 Pyenot Gardens, Marsh, Cleckheaton. Malik Asjad Mehboob, single storey rear extension, porch to front and alterations to convert garage to living accommodation, 24A Gladwin Street, Batley. Y Patel, two-storey side/rear extension, 12 Cowper Street, Savile Town. D Hirst, two-storey extension, 56 Kingsley Drive, Birkenshaw. Persimmon Homes, discharge conditions 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 18 and 19 on previous application 2016/91459 (APP/Z4718/W/17/3184318) for erection of 149 dwellings with associated car parking, access, landscaping, public open space

and drainage works, land off Rumble Road, Dewsbury. McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestles Ltd, C/O Agent, discharge of conditions 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 on previous permission 2017/91677 for erection of 43 retirement living apartments, 83 bed care home with provision of communal facilities, landscaping and car parking and erection of 7 affordable dwellings, land at Serpentine Road, Cleckheaton. Darul-Ilm Education & Training Centre, erection of portacabin for community use (D1), The Aletaster, 22 Brewery Lane, Thornhill Lees. S Hussain, certificate of lawfulness for proposed use of dwelling for private hire operations, 41 Moorlands Road, Dewsbury. M Saghir Rafiq, first floor side extension on piers, 268 Staincliffe Road, Dewsbury Moor. Kirklees Council, PRP, modular accommodation, Birkenshaw CE (VC) Primary School, Station Lane, Birkenshaw. M Brotherton, detached dwelling, Fox Cottage, Whitley Road, Dewsbury. J Ashford, the proposal is for erection of single-storey rear extension. The extension projects 4m beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse. The maximum height of the extension is 4m, the height of the eaves of the extension is 2.9m, 9 Brown Street, Mirfield. E Laher, the proposal is for erection of single-storey rear extension. The extension projects 6m beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse. The maximum height of the extension is 4m, the height of the eaves of the extension is 3m, 35 Denison Street, Batley.

ent councillors, Robert Finnigan and Jim Aveyard, for arranging a special donation of £500 to the cause and for attending the final stage planning hearing, alongside our appointed lawyer and members of the group. We are now waiting to hear from the independent planning inspector as to whether the Local Plan goes ahead as a whole, or with Chidswell included within it. Should we be successful in defeating Kirklees Council, then the surplus money raised will be given back to the community in

Chidswell Action Group has been a positive one and shows what can be achieved if the community organises against Kirklees Council and greedy developers who put profits before people. Together we can win this planning battle!

Get to know candidates From: Harold Laycock, Mirfield They sought them here and they sought them there, however, when they were needed, they were never here. A recent letter in a local newspaper caught my attention. It was the name of the author rather than the topic that caught my attention. The name of the author was Michael Hutchinson. In the 1970s I was a member of the Mirfield Sports Council, with Helen Armitage, who was secretary. The sports council at that time organised a number of sporting events including five-a-side football, athletics and tug of war competitions. Michael Hutchinson, a local councillor at that time, was always available and ready to help with his sleeves rolled up. Michael would always be around at election times, knocking on doors and drumming up support for the Labour Party. It would be most unusual, if not unlikely to see presentday councillors electioneering. Is it just laziness, complacency or contempt for the electorate? So I would advise Mirfield residents, particularly in the Old Bank/Sunny Bank areas of Mirfield, get to know the faces and names of potential candidates, as you are unlikely to see your elected councillor in your area following the election. Some time ago, I was a member of the local Old Bank/ Sunny Bank area forum. I eventually resigned due to what I considered to be the lack of attendance/support

some form or other, after we have properly consulted with residents for their suggestions on how it should be spent. However, should the planning inspector proceed with the Local Plan with Chidswell included, then we will continue with our legal battle against the council, including looking at the possibility of a judicial review. Make no mistake, we will continue the fight to the bitter end to save the green belt at Chidswell. Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

from local councillors. In past years I have had to request the help of Simon Reevell and Paula Sherriff, both members of parliament for Dewsbury and Mirfield, in order to resolve local problems. I was grateful to them both for their support!

Leave through and through From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge I refer to Steve Oliver’s comment on my rant about the supposed influence social media has on us all? This was prompted by the gleeful reporting in my favourite leftie luvvy rag, the Guardian, about the C a m b r i d g e Analytica/Facebook scandal influencing the Brexit result. And alluding that because of this, the referendum should be re-run or the result be null and void. I’m afraid I have grown up with Spitting Image, Jim Davidson, Bernard Manning, Monty Python (remember the Life of Brian?) etc, influencing my take on the world. As such, I often tend to resort to irony to get my point across. However, I think irony has now been banned, and you can go to jail if it is reported to the authorities. So, hands up to being an irritating smart arse, but I do draw the line at being labelled a Remoaner. A look back at historic correspondence, originating from pre-referendum days, would confirm that I am a Brexiteer through and through. The harder the better.

How to save us millions From: ‘Harry’, via email Politicians of all parties (and their brainwashed acolytes) have one thing in common! They all whinge from the same moan sheet: “We’re

underfunded!” I have read that the majority of NHS and foundation trusts are breaking even or have a surplus balance. If this is so, then – as usual – it is the small minority who are causing the problem. The solution is, therefore, to put those trusts under close control of auditors who are capable. Start by sacking the trustees of those trusts as being not fit for purpose. This will save millions from the deficit! Too often the minorities are pampered by the politicians and the vast majority of us have to suffer unduly! There are many other areas where taxpayers’ hardearned money is being misappropriated by ‘yah-boo’ party politicians, but of course they will always ensure that they increase their remuneration packages before they condescend to allocate the leftovers to the areas where the money should go!

You can make a difference From: Tim Wood, the Old Colonial, Mirfield Do you fancy doing something a little bit different this Saturday, April 14? We are hosting a general knowledge quiz and a play your cards right round, to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The air ambulance, which is funded by public subscription, plays a vital role in getting people quickly to hospital, in many cases from remote areas inaccessible by normal ambulance crews and has helped save hundreds of lives. The quiz starts after 8.30pm and costs £5 to enter. This includes a hot supper which we shall be donating free of charge, which means that all the £5 entry fees go directly to the fundraiser. We have put on quiz nights on quite a few occasions and they proved to be popular. If

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From page 8 you would like to come along and take part let me know on 01924 496920. The only polite concession we ask is that mobile phones are out of the ‘arena’ during the quiz, we don’t want to attract the Google geeks. Please come along, your efforts can make a difference.

Action on crime and police numbers needed From: Anthony Doyle, via email I read with interest this weekend and saw on TV that the rise in crime could possibly be linked to the fall in frontline police numbers. How much did this report cost to come up with this gem? This statistic was concerned with crime against the person to be specific but I feel is common to all categories. It is not rocket science to see the figures are directly affected by the ratio of police officers policing our areas to the crimes committed. The police are not patrolling our streets, they are not keeping us safe from crime, they are paying lip service to victims and generally employing a close the gate policy when the horse has bolted. Our area of North Kirklees I am sure is typical of many other areas in Britain, it is a sad state of affairs when residents impose their own curfews and stay indoors at night for fear of going out or having their homes burgled. Time for change. Anarchy awaits should action not be taken now.

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Yellow bin cuts make life difficult for users From: Tony Kelsall, Green Party candidate, Dewsbury East Cuts to social care affect vulnerable members of society the most, particularly sick and disabled people but have a knock-on effect for everyone else. For example, the weekly collection of clinical waste of yellow bins in Kirklees stopped last year. This has made it difficult for users to empty their waste into a bin which had been at an appropriate height for people with mobility problems (particularly wheelchair users) and also means clinical waste is collected every fortnight with other rubbish, which is detrimental to the environment.

A sad loss to the sporting world From: John Appleyard, Liversedge I’m sad to hear of the death of former world champion darts player Eric Bristow, who died from a heart attack in Liverpool at the age of 60. Eric did much to make popular this working class sport by bringing it to our TV screens during the 1980s. I’ve seen him a number of times over the years doing exhibitions in our area and always seemed a gentleman. His prodigy of course was Phil Taylor, the greatest of them all.

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Dance charity inspires MP BATLEY & SPEN MP Tracy Brabin put on her dancing shoes to support a new charity. Timestep Community Dance, based at the Timestep Studio Dance School in Heckmondwike, is aimed at giving older people and those with special educational needs and disabilities the chance to dance again. Inspired by six-year-old Leila Higgins, who suffers cerebral palsy and has a dream of one day being able to dance, studio owner Rachel Walmsley launched the charity.

Ms Brabin said: “Performing arts have such a huge role to play in helping to combat loneliness and the confidence, skills and friendships that can be gained through Timestep’s new charity will be hugely beneficial. “Leila’s remarkable journey shows just how much can be achieved with hard work and dedication, and I look forward to hearing many more fantastic success stories from Timestep Community Dance in years to come.” Cleckheaton-born Leila was diagnosed with cerebral palsy

after suffering a stroke when she was just a few weeks old. But following 18 months of one-on-one lessons with Rachel, Leila can now walk with assistance and is determined to be tap dancing by the end of the year. Rachel said: “We are thrilled Tracy is supporting our charity.” Timestep Community Dance will also be offering one-to-one classes in stretching, dance and fitness, and is aiming to help service users minimise pain, exercise in a fun way and gain strength and flexibility.


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News In Brief Kirklees College top for apprenticeships KIRKLEES: The district’s college, which is opening a new campus in Dewsbury, has been recognised as the top further education college in West Yorkshire for apprenticeships. Kirklees College, which will open the Dewsbury Learning Quarter later this year, was also rated 10th in England in the government’s latest figures. The college came out on top in West Yorkshire for the percentage of students enrolled that achieved their targeted qualification within the agreed time frame. Principal Marie Gilluley said: “We are so proud and delighted that our college has once again been recognised for the quality of our apprenticeship training nationally.” The college currently trains around 2,800 apprentices each year.

Paula’s crime call DEWSBURY: MP Paula Sherriff called for a debate on how persistent offenders are dealt with after a serial thief with more than 150 previous offences on his record appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court. Ms Sherriff said: “This week, a serial thief with 156 offences to his name appeared in a court near me. May we have a debate on how persistent offenders are dealt with in the judicial system, including a discussion on the use of exclusion orders?” Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said: “There is much more to be done, but we are improving the way in which we monitor those who have offended.”

Probus diary date PROBUS: The next meeting of the Batley and Dewsbury Probus Club is being held on Tuesday, April 17. Clive and Keith Richardson will give an illustrated talk about ‘the woman who didn’t exist’ at the Batley Older People’s Centre. Everyone is welcome at 10am for a 10.30am start. For more, call 01924 471337.

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Councillor pledges action on car yobs By Zoe Shackleton A DEWSBURY councillor has said he will step in to help residents struggling with anti-social behaviour near their estate. Concerned tenants at Speakers Court, Westtown, say they are at the end of their tether with gangs of men taking over an unused car park for drug dealing and drinking. Since The Press published a story on March 30 one resident, who didn’t want to be named, said the problems have got even worse, with loud music being played from one of the parked cars until at

least 6am last weekend. One of the men confronted her when she asked them to leave. Coun Darren O’Donovan said: “What we won’t accept is people having to live in these circumstances. “I will urgently contact the police to find what they know, and if they do know something then where are they with it? And what are they going to do to tackle this for the sake of the residents?” One tenant said she has considered moving because she doesn’t feel safe, and said: “The car park wants

shutting off straight away.” Dewsbury NPT Inspector Chris Hughes said his team have been working to “ensure that every report made is investigated and resolved”, despite residents saying police haven’t been responsive to their constant phone calls. Properties on the estate belong to housing association Together Housing. Caroline Grosvenor, head of neighbourhoods at the housing group, said: “Together Housing is aware of reports of antisocial behaviour in Speakers Court and is working closely with the

authorities to resolve them as soon as possible. “Anti-social behaviour is never acceptable and our tenants must feel safe and secure in their homes. “We are grateful to those who have informed us and West Yorkshire Police about this behaviour and have asked local people to continue reporting instances to us. “If we are able to act to prevent future incidents ourselves we will do so immediately and we will also continue to work with the police to explore different ways to resolve the situation.”

Labour in manifesto launch LABOUR candidates standing in May’s local elections joined together for the party’s manifesto launch on Monday. Coun Shabir Pandor (Batley West) revealed the main aims of the party were to revive town centres, enhance villages and build safer communities. The party’s manifesto laid out plans to invest £45m in town centre arts and cultural activity and spend £13m on a new leisure

The full list of candidates for the Kirklees Council elections on May 3 have now been confirmed:

*denotes incumbent councillor Batley East: Mahmood Akhtar (Labour)*, Jessica Berry (Green), Jon Bloom (Lib Dem), Keiron Gavaghan (Conservative). Batley West: Marnie Cope (Green), Christopher Kane (Lib Dem), Garry Kitchin (Pirate Party UK), Gwen Lowe (Labour and Co-operative Party)*, Paul Young (Conservative). Birstall and Birkenshaw: Arfan Asif (Labour), Pippa Hepworth (Lib Dem), Clare Kane (Lib Dem), Jasmine Kennedy (Labour), Susan Lee-Richards (Green), Liz Smaje (Conservative)*, Mark Thompson (Conservative). Two seats available due to Andrew Palfreeman stepping down early and the seat held by Liz Smaje up for re-election. Cleckheaton: Susie Bell Proctor (Conservative), Tom Kowalski (Labour & Cooperative), John Lawson (Lib Dem)*, Isabel Walters (Green). Dewsbury East: Mark Eastwood (Conservative), Dennis Hullock (Lib Dem), Tony Kelsall (Green), Aleks Lukic (Dewsbury Borough Independents – Heavy Woollen District), Cathy Scott (Labour)*.

centre in the Spen Valley. Last week, The Press printed a list of Labour candidates standing in the North Kirklees

wards and incorrectly printed the name of Mirfield candidate Julie Spencer. We apologise for the error.

Pictured – Labour candidates and leadership at the gathering to launch their manifesto.

Dewsbury West: Simon Cope (Green), Sean Guy (Conservative), Kingsley Hill (Lib Dem), Mumtaz Hussain (Labour)*.

Pirate Party candidate drops anchor for election A FATHER-OF-TWO will become the first candidate to stand for the Pirate Party UK in Kirklees in the local elections this year. Garry Kitchin, 46, who has previously been a Green Party candidate and stood as an independent in the byelection following MP Jo Cox’s death in 2016, will be contesting the Batley West ward on May 3. Founded in 2009, the Pirate Party’s core policies are to support individual privacy, to reduce surveillance from government and business and to guarantee freedom of speech and expression. Mr Kitchin, a quality engineer from Batley, said: “It is a privilege to stand for the Pirate Party in the ward that is my home. “The way people live, work and socialise is driven by the technology of the day. The way we live is changing – people today need their digital rights defending. “These rights include the right to the proper protection of their personal data and the right to be free from unwarranted electronic surveillance.” Mr Kitchin has two chil-

Dewsbury South: Masood Ahmed (Labour)*, Adrian Cruden (Green), Bernard Diskin (Lib Dem), Anthony Penny-Whitworth (Dewsbury Borough Independents – Heavy Woollen District), James Spivey (Conservative).

have two children with special educational needs, and the levels of support to families like mine are very poor. I would campaign hard to get a better deal for families who need more support.” Other candidates standing in the Batley West ward are: Marnie Cope (Green), Christopher Kane (Lib Dem), incumbent Coun Gwen Lowe (Labour) and Paul Young (Conservative).

Heckmondwike: Alan Freeman (Green), Viv Kendrick (Labour)*, Josie Pugsley (Lib Dem), Rob Thornton (Conservative). Liversedge and Gomersal: David Hall (Conservative)*, Jude McKaig (Labour), David Snee (Lib Dem), Nicholas Whittingham (Green). Mirfield: Stephen Bird (Lib Dem), Vivien Lees-Hamilton (Conservative)*, Julie Spencer (Labour), Catherine Whittingham (Green).

Dealer’s no deal Garry Kitchin dren aged nine and 10 who are both on the autistic spectrum, and says getting more support for families like his would be one of his main aims. He added: “My local priorities are to reduce anti-social behaviour in the ward, from motorbikes to vandalism, as this really diminishes the quality of life for residents. “In addition, my wife and I

A 35-YEAR-OLD Mirfield man will appear for sentencing before a Crown Court judge after admitting to dealing large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin. David Lewin, of Calder View, Lower Hopton, had 120 packages of the Class A drugs on him, more than £1,000 in cash and a knife when he was caught by police selling the drugs on Tunnacliffe Road, Newsome, Huddersfield. Lewin was found with 15.3g of the drugs on

May 19, and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled Class A drug with intent to supply it, as well as a charge of possession of a bladed article in public and acquiring, using or having possession of criminal property, namely the Bank of England notes. Kirklees Magistrates’ Court did not have sufficient sentencing powers to deal with Lewin, so his case was sent to Leeds Crown Court where he will appear on April 24.


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Dewsbury or not, his legend lives on The route of his funeral cortege was lined by an estimated 40,000 people

Action group’s cash boost CHIDSWELL Action Group has been handed a £500 donation by Morley Town Council. The money raised will go towards legal fees as the community group attempt to fight against Kirklees Council’s development plans. If the Local Plan is given the go-ahead, more than 1,000 homes could be built on a large area of green belt land next to Chidswell Lane. Chairman of the action group, Mark Eastwood, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents who have helped us raise hundreds of pounds towards legal fees in our fight against Kirklees Council’s plan to allocate more than 1,500 houses and 35 hectares of business units on the last remaining bit of beautiful unspoilt countryside and ancient woodland in the area. “The fact that a neighbouring council has also made the decision to make such a generous contribution just highlights the strength of feeling and opposition to what the council are proposing. “On behalf of the group, I would like to thank all those who have made donations so far and to the Morley independent councillors who have kindly agreed to give us £500.” Morley independent town councillor Jim Aveyard (pictured) said: “We are pleased to support the Chidswell Action Group in their fight to protect the green belt separating our two boroughs. “If Kirklees Council’s plans were to go ahead it would have a disastrous impact on both our areas.” In the next few weeks, independent planning inspector Katie Child will reveal her findings and make a decision on the Kirklees Local Plan.

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THIS SUNDAY sees the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – an iconic moment in British maritime history – and Dewsbury became a central feature in the northern coverage of the event. The sinking gave rise to the legend of Dewsbury’s Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley and the story of how the band took their place on the upper deck, as the vessel filled with water, and courageously played the hymn ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ as it slowly sank. Although there were witnesses to the fact that ‘Nearer’ was one of the tunes played there are doubts as to whether it was the last tune played before the eventual sinking. In any event the death of Wallace triggered yards of newspaper copy in the ensuing months, and in subsequent years. His last address was 33 West Park Street, Dewsbury, but the fact is the Lancashire-born musician spent very little time there. Wallace Hartley’s father, Albion Hartley, was a cotton mill manager when Wallace was born in 1879, but he soon went into the insurance business with Refuge Assurance and managed their offices in Huddersfield, Leeds and then Dewsbury, after leaving his native Colne. Albion was one of seven children born to Henry, a name later given to Wallace as a middle name, and his wife Mary, and as well as all being involved in the cotton weaving industry they were also loyal members of the Bethel Independent Methodist Church on Burnley Road, Colne. The decision of Wallace to pursue a career in

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music definitely broke the mould and his family’s religious affiliation also took a different turn when they joined St Mark’s Church on the corner of West Park Street and Halifax Road in Dewsbury. It was 1905 when Albion and Mary moved to West Park Street with Wallace and two of their daughters, but by this time Wallace had already established himself as a professional musician and became particularly popular with the owners of the big ocean-going liners as they looked for bandleaders for their on-board orchestras. In fact, there was no sign of Wallace in the 1911 census returns as he was somewhere between Southampton and New York. In fact, he made 22 transatlantic crossings for Cunard before the fateful Titanic sailing – and his last journey was one he never planned to make. He had just returned from New York on the RMS Mauretania in April, 1912. Waiting for him back here at home was his fiancée Maria Robinson and his family in Dewsbury. But after a week in Bridlington with Maria, he was persuaded to switch from Cunard to the White Star Line and lead the band on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Ellis Island was the planned destination but, as the whole world surely knows, they never made it as an iceberg in the North Atlantic had other ideas. Countless books, films and documentaries have been telling the story of the sinking for more than a century, but it is perhaps the newspapers of the day that capture the true nature of the human tragedy. This is particularly so in the case of Wallace and his family. On Wednesday April 10 the RMS Titanic sailed out of Southampton in a blaze of glory. After calling at Cherbourg in France, then Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland, the 3,000mile journey to New York was finally underway. With two thirds of the journey complete disaster struck. On the night of Sunday, April 14, the Titanic struck an iceberg and by two o’clock on the Monday morning it was on its way to the bottom of the sea. They say that bad news travels fast, but not in this case. In fact, in Monday’s copy of ‘The World’, published in Vancouver the ‘news’ was obviously processed too fast and couldn’t have been more wrong for they announced the collision with the iceberg but claimed that no lives were lost and

Ofsted blow A HECKMONDWIKE school has been placed in special measures by education bosses after its first inspection. Ofsted inspectors visited the John Curwen Co-operative Primary Academy back in January and recently published their findings, finding it “inadequate” in all but one area. The report said: “Leaders and managers do not have a clear plan of how to

that the Titanic was sailing toward Halifax, Nova Scotia. The reality was very different. Back in Dewsbury Albion and Mary Hartley were desperately trying to sort the fact from the fiction and had an agonising wait to discover the fate of their son. For a while they had no idea whether he was dead or alive. The story of the band playing as the ship sank was quickly into the public domain as the press clamour for eyewitness stories hit on this powerful and, in some ways, ‘romantic’ imagery amid the tales of disaster. Albion and Mary were soon left in no doubt that they had lost their only son, but they still didn’t know whether his body had been found or claimed by the cruel sea. Eventually, they heard that the body of Wallace had been found and plans were made for his final Atlantic crossing. On Friday May 17 Albion was on the dockside in Liverpool waiting for the arrival of the White Star Liner Arabic from New York. The following day a newspaper recorded: “The White Star Liner ‘Arabic’ arrived in Liverpool from New York carrying three bodies including Wallace Hartley. Mr Albion Hartley was greatly affected when the body was brought ashore”. Despite the obvious distress Albion then took Wallace the 59 miles to Colne, where his funeral was held in the family church on Burnley Road and interment took place at the town cemetery after a funeral procession through streets crowded with an estimated 40,000 people. In the ensuing months it was revealed that Wallace left an estate valued at £656 and there were several concerts organised in and around Dewsbury to raise funds for a memorial of some kind. The first was at the Town Hall on Monday May 20 and another followed at The Palace Theatre, Huddersfield and in September that year it was reported that a memorial plaque had been installed at St Mark’s Church in Dewsbury (now the Dewsbury Gospel Church). The DGC, acknowledging the fact that the Hartley family worshipped there in its previous guise as an Anglican church, has a small Titanic exhibition in its entrance. While the discussion over the final tune that Hartley’s band played has never been put to bed, a comment in one paper has subsequently stated that, given the circumstances, ‘However trivial the music may have been it was superior to anything that Beethoven ever wrote’.

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provided enable them to make progress.” Colin Wilkes, trustee for YOUR Cooperative which runs the school, said: “The academy trustees and the local governing body members are greatly disappointed in the outcome of the first Ofsted inspection of the academy. “Alongside the hard-working and dedicated staff, governors share a determination to continue to improve the school for the benefit of all learners.”


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L Let’s raise a cheer for ‘Batley 150’ this year... By Mark Griffin, director, BatleySmile CIC OWARDS the end of this year and into 2019 there will be events and celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary since the foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868. There’s a smashing team coming up with ideas and it’d be terrific if you’d like to be a part of it. Coincidentally, Huddersfield Corporation commemorates its 150th anniversary this year too – it happened earlier than Batley’s by a few months. As my hero, Batley History Group’s Malcolm Haigh, might say: “Let’s make sure they can hear us in Huddersfield when we celebrate in Batley!” The team organising the Huddersfield events have been really helpful in supporting the Batley group, so co-operation is possible across Kirklees. As well as a good excuse to celebrate, the ‘Batley 150’ offers an opportunity to attract inward investment into Batley that will support regeneration projects. A major part of attracting this investment will be the enthusiasm of local groups to participate – we need to work together. This is not always easy but a clear plan that builds confidence, respect and achieves a sharing of power will lead to success. What a great opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of our town. If you’d like to get involved please email me on mark.griffin@batleysmile.co.uk or call on 07736 416668 and I’ll share your details with the group. The next meeting will be in June. Finally, this year marks the 10th anniversary since I started sticking my nose into other people’s business in Batley! At age 51, I really appreciate having such a great bunch of folk to call friends, to have a good debate with and to share regular cups of tea and coffee. I’ll not list all the folk I need to thank, for fear of missing someone out: you know who you are! Thank you for tolerating me and here’s to another decade. PS: Thanks to The Press newspaper for being the first to write an article about BatleySmile all those years ago.

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The centre is, however, more than just your local shop, boosting the local economy and providing local employment. The revenue stays largely within the local community.

Taking the ethical choice Nourish & Flourish Wholefoods is located at The Mill, on the Terrace. Here you can expect to find a significant range of products sourced entirely from Yorkshire. Local honey, peanut butter, biscuits, jams, chutneys, drizzle oils and lots more. Supermarket products are sold out of season and thus have been flown halfway round the world and wrapped in layers of plastic. Shopping local produce means it is likely that a decent percentage has had a shorter journey and so has a far cleaner footprint. More nutrients, less packaging, gluten free, vegan, and cruelty free animal products – they are all on the shelves at Nourish & Flourish Wholefoods.

Be the only one Buy a dress from a designer’s sample range and there is little chance of turning up to the office Christmas party wearing the same as someone else. The Mill’s first floor fashion department not only specializes in these one off designer samples but is always open to new independent concessions. Big brand names such as Double Two and Skopes are in fact successful local retailers who manufacture all their products in West Yorkshire.

Building better communities As a retail space The Mill hosts many events, not just for the general public but smaller support-led activities too, such as the local Parkinson’s group and mum and baby groups. The Mill has engaged with the Arts Council via the Creative Scene project to bring people and the arts together, and many customers enjoy their regular 1940s dance events. Supporting businesses means supporting local groups and giving real benefits back to the community.

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News In Brief BIRSTALL: Community group Birstall in Bloom is hosting a race night next week to raise funds. The first race is at 7.30pm on Thursday April 19 at Birstall Nash and there are seven races, including an auction chase where half the money raised is given back in prize money. Tickets are £8 and can be bought from the Nash, High Ridings Travel, The Workroom, The Pet Shop, Birstall Library, Number One Cafe and Blamires Property office. The group is also looking for new members, call Joanna on 07792 221149 for more details. BATLEY: A talk about the history of chocolate is being held at Batley Central Methodist Church next week. The Yorkshire Chocolatier will be talking ‘all things chocolate’ in the Brimer Hall on Market Place at 7pm on Tuesday, April 17, for just £2 including refreshments – and sweet samples!

A life treading the boards Prized award for pair TWO members of an amateur dramatic society are being recognised for their long service to the group. Stephanie Roe and Robert Thurman, of the Batley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, will receive National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) awards for their

combined total of 90 years involvement. Society president Stephanie joined when she was 14 after her grandmother introduced her to the local productions, while Robert was 19 when he began. His parents used to perform with the Gilbert and Sullivan society when it was

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We started some important conversations and reinforced the principal that the more time we spend together the more normal it becomes, and we want to continue that conversation this year by holding another Great Get Together in Green Park Heckmondwike on June 23. We have started planning already but we need more people and groups to be involved to help make this a special day for the whole community. From live entertainment to creative arts, tea, coffee and cake to craft stalls, a coconut shy and crazy golf. If you or your group want to get involved, email tggt.simon@hotmail.com. I started this piece by saying “Heckmondwike is a great place with a bright future” and I genuinely believe that. It just takes people to come together and shape the future, and based on the community I saw come together last year in Heckmondwike our future is very bright indeed.

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first formed almost 70 years ago. Now retired, 60year-old Robert said: “I was made to feel very welcome by everyone and found there were lots of others around my own age. “It certainly extended my social life and I formed close friendships which still exist after more than 40 years.” Stephanie, 65, is semi-retired and works as a part-time counsellor. During her 50-year stint she has played parts such as Mabel in the Pirates of

Stephanie Roe and Robert Thurman Penzance and Katisha in The Mikado. Robert has played characters like Shadbolt in The

Yeomen of the Guard and, more recently, Dr Daly in The Sorcerer – the group’s next production.

He said: “I have always found that once someone has been persuaded to come and see one of our shows, they are always happy to experience further productions.” Both Stephanie and Robert will be in action in The Sorcerer at Batley Town Hall from Wednesday April 18 to Saturday April 21 at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. For tickets (£12 adults, £5 under-16s), ring Kirklees Council’s box office on 01484 225755.

Ex warned to stay away MAGISTRATES told a Cleckheaton man he faces jail if he breaches his bail conditions again. Michael Coleman was banned from contacting his ex-partner and attending her home after police charged him with harassment. But the 48-year-old rang the victim nine times in the early hours of April 1 from a

withheld number. Coleman, of Turnsteads Avenue, said during the first call: “Come and see me, I’m waiting for you,” but his former partner put the phone down and called police. Defending Coleman, Paul Blanchard said his ex had contacted him first and he then called her to go and see him. Coleman thought the

pair were in a relationship, but she claimed they weren’t. He appeared in custody and pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions, but was released and warned he faces jail if he did it again. Coleman denied a harassment charge and will be on trial for that offence at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on April 24.

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Facebook can still yield results for your business ACEBOOK is going through a tough time at the moment, with concerns over data protection, but I still believe that 2018 will see the social media giant be one of the best channels for marketing your business in 2018 ... if they can overcome the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook advertising Facebook advertising is built around audience targeting, which makes it a very powerful tool. Having the ability to target individuals based on their known preferences means that businesses who are able to define their audience can present their adverts to those people who are most likely to become engaged with it. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has seen Facebook audience targeting misused, by allowing individuals to be incited to act through ‘fake news’ – and this swell of activity has been linked with various world events recently. With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looming and the legal require-

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Water main burst on Moorside A BURST pipe caused chaos for drivers and residents in Cleckheaton yesterday morning (Thursday) – and disruption is due to continue until Monday. A stretch of Moorside had to be closed as the burst main caused the road surface and pavement to crack, with water pouring from it from around 5am. With debris strewn across nearby streets by the force of the water, the deluge accumulated at Moorbottom, where the road was flooded for several hours. There were no reports of customers being without supply but a Yorkshire Water spokeman said: “Due to the work that needs to be carried out to repair the main, our contract partner Morrison Utility Services has had to close the road, with diversions put in place.

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Ramblers’ corner FORTHCOMING walks with the North Kirklees Group of the Ramblers – non-members are always welcome. Please call the walk leader for more details SATURDAY APRIL 14 TONG CIRCULAR Starts at 10.30am at Keeper Lane, Tong (BD4 0RS, SE222307) Field paths, golf club and woods. 7.5 miles – moderate Contact: Norma, 01274 685343 or 07951 413 012 nleppingwell@outlook.com

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Go see Henry, my dear old thing.... CRICKET fans can spend the night with commentating legend Henry Blofield at Cleckheaton Town Hall in October. Henry Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket and is now back with his show Henry Blofield: 78, retired. The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate his retirement by tour-

ing the country with his brand-new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio. This is fans’ chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the muchloved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same with-

out our ‘Dear Old Thing’. The Cleckheaton leg of his tour takes place on Saturday October 27. Tickets go on sale today (Fri) and cost £20, and are expected to sell out quickly. They can be bought from the box office by calling 01484 225755, or by booking online at KirkleesTownHalls.co.uk. Henry will also be signing copies of his book after the show.

Get on your Mikron gives NHS a check-up bikes for Radford ride IT’S A CHANCE to get on your bikes and ride! Kirklees-based charity Streetbikes is inviting people to join a community cycling event in Liversedge in May. The John Radford Mixed Ability Memorial Ride and Cycling Festival takes place on Saturday May 5 (9am-4pm) and is open to all ages and abilities. The event is being held in memory of cyclist John Radford, who died in Huddersfield aged 70 after being injured when he was knocked off his bike in July 2013. Starting from the Princess Mary Athletics Stadium off Bradford Road in Littletown, there will be a road ride in the morning, a ride on the nearby Greenway in the afternoon and rides around the athletics track available from 10am until 3pm. Two-wheeled and adapted bikes will be on hand to borrow, along with helmets. Everyone who takes part will also receive a medal. Entry is £4, to book a place call 07873 773417. For more details visit www.streetbikes.org.uk.

WATERWAYS-BASED theatre company Mikron’s new show Get Well Soon comes to Dewsbury next month to wish the NHS a happy 70th birthday. ‘Get Well Soon’ is being shown at the Leggers Inn on Tuesday May 1 as the troupe come to Dewsbury in their 47th year of touring. Always firm favourites at the Leggers, Mikron regularly travel to their shows on their antique narrow boat, Tyseley, and delight audiences nationwide with their fun and fresh shows. All is not well at St Monica’s Hospital. They’re on life support; facing bugs, bed-blockers and a battle to save A&E. Hospital boss Simon talks the talk, but can he walk the walk? His dad’s had a stroke and his daughter’s in revolt. Now hungry businesses, with an eye on profits, are after a slice of the action… Can Simon find a cure for his family troubles? Can Nurse Danuta save the day

with her pastries and proverbs? With tunes, transfusions and titters, join Mikron as they make a surgical strike on the state of the NHS. Playwright Ged Cooper is writing for Mikron for the first time and has had a great time getting her teeth into Get Well Soon. “I love Mikron’s theatrical style; lively and accessible, with a social conscience,” she said. “You laugh a lot at a Mikron play, but then you go away and think, so I was thrilled when they asked me to write about the NHS on its 70th birthday. “I had so many ideas whirling round my head; I feel so strongly about the NHS, a uniquely British achievement, that to research and write about it was an honour and privilege – and great fun!” Starting at 7.30pm on May 1, no tickets are required but a cash collection will be taken after the show. For more information visit www.leggersinn.co.uk.

Back on track RAMBLERS: Dewsbury & District Ramblers were able to get back walking last Sunday with a 10-mile trek from Silsden, climbing up to Double Stones Moor and along White Crag. However, they couldn’t go ahead with the Saturday walk because of flooding in the fields. Another walk is planned for this Sunday, April 15, through Washburn Valley. Meet Margaret Mitchell at 9am at the Wellington Road car park, Dewsbury.

Hottest show positively smoulders Tango Moderno Leeds Grand Theatre until Saturday April 14 Book online at: leedsgrandtheatre.com or call 0844 848 2700 Review by Janet Black STRICTLY Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back at the Leeds Grand Theatre in their most explosive and exuberant show ever – Tango Moderno! On Tuesday night we were intoxicated and seduced by this brand-new theatrical spectacular featuring 10 truly fantastic dancers, top-class West End singers and the worldfamous tango superstars.

Dance partners for over two decades, Vincent and Flavia’s previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance Til Dawn and The Last Tango have all been acclaimed, sell-out hits. Having originally intended The Last Tango to be their farewell tour, Flavia commented: “As we were creating our last show, we developed a number of new routines with so much raw choreography. “We discovered amazing new numbers for Vincent and me to dance but we just couldn’t accommodate them in the production. “As we toured the coutry with the show, we were overwhelmed by the support from people asking us to continue, and at the end of the tour we

both decided that we did want to continue: we love dancing together, we are having so much fun and a year after our last UK tour, we are more excited than ever to share this new show with our audiences.” The show has a wonderfully talented and heart-stoppingly athletic cast of support dancers, wonderful singing, classic violin playing and a wonderful orchestra to make this whole show authentic and mesmerising. The new production, directed by Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce, fuses ballroom, Latin and Argentine tango to give a performance that smoulders.

Singalong with Tony FED up watching TV repeats? Want to meet people for a good night out? By popular demand St Mary’s Social Club in Batley will present an evening of easy listening in their newlyrenovated lounge bar at 7.30pm on Saturday April 21. The performance includes a selection of songs from the 50s and 60s, country & western music and a sprinkling of Irish songs by Tony Murray, pictured above. Admission is free. There will also be a table top sale on Sunday April 22 between 11am and 3pm at St Mary’s. Tables are £10 each and again admission is free. Refreshments will be available and the proceeds are for the St Mary’s Church Roof Fund. To book a table call 01924 472774. • Due to unforseen circumstances, Ebenezer Methodist Drama Group’s production of Trap for a Lonely Man, which was to be performed from April 26-28 in Hanging Heaton, has had to be cancelled.


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Ann and Nana Mouskouri CONIC singer Nana Mouskouri is back with a world tour, as well as a new studio album called ‘Forever Young’ that has just been released. Nana is one of the best-selling recording artists in history, with more than 300 million albums sold. Nana will perform at Royal Festival Hall London this October and tells me: “I can’t retire when there are so many good songs to sing still, and I just hope all my UK fans will join me on my 60th year as a singer.”

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©Maycon Pictures actress last appeared on the soap four years ago and now she fancies a return, but as ever “only if the story was right”. With Kat and Mel now returned, the soap is turning into a time warp... CORONATION STREET fans take note as Helen Worth, who plays Gail, tells me she has no plans to ever quit the show. She said: “I think I am getting good storylines and the show is doing well, but to be honest who else would I like to play? For me the Street is home forever.” IT WAS recently announced that one of Neighbours’ most loved characters, ‘Plain Jane Superbrain’ Harris, is making a return to the Aussie soap next month. Played by actress Annie Jones, she reveals: “I think now would be a good time to check in with her and see how her life panned out, I think the fans will enjoy it too.” CORONATION Street’s Sean Wilson, who returned to the soap after 18 years as Martin Platt, tells me that the only difference now is the speed at which all the actors work. He said: “I think that was a shock at first, but in a way now it’s better as it keeps you on your toes, but yes at first it’s huge.” BRADFORD’S Alhambra Theatre have announced

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OSSETT ALBION continued their resurgence with a draw against table-topping South Shields. In the first half, Albion matched the division’s leading side for the opening 15 minutes before stunning South Shields with two goals in the space of a minute. With 18 minutes on the clock Tom Corner’s effort deflected off a defender and into the back of the net. Adam Priestley continued his rich goalscoring form as he ran through on goal and cooly slotted the ball past Liam Connell in the South Shields goal. The second half was dominated by the visitors and they pulled a goal back as Michael Richardson’s looped header dropped into the back of the net. Former professional Julio Arca showed his class as he began to take control of the game from the centre of midfield. After a series of corners South Shields grabbed the equaliser when Jon Shaw finished from close range. The visitors continued their onslaught for

PROLIFIC: Albion’s Adam Priestley the remaining 20 minutes but Albion held on for a well-deserved point. On Monday evening, Albion surrendered a 1-0 lead away at Skelmersdale United. Albion went ahead on 24 minutes with a goal from Tom Corner, Skelmersdale replied through Scott Bakkor on 42 minutes. Liam Davies put the hosts ahead on 57 minutes before James Barrigan sealed the points with a third goal.

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OSSETT TOWN’S latest defeat leaves them with only one win since the end of February. Town visited North Wales on Tuesday evening but despite a battling performance lost for the third-straight game. With only four minutes on the clock, the hosts thought they had taken the lead only for the linesman’s flag to deny them. Moments later Leigh

Overton made a save from point-blank range to keep the game scoreless. Midway through the first half Colwyn scored the only goal of the game as Ashley Mullholland was left unmarked from a corner and gleefully headed the ball into the net. In the run up to half time Ossett had their best chance of the game as Anthony Mackie was put through on goal but saw his effort well saved. The second half saw few chances for either side with Overton forced into a couple saves close to the full-time

whistle. On Saturday afternoon Town lost 3-2 away at Mossley, Ossett twice came from behind to equalise but a third Mossley goal proved decisive. Mason Duffy opened the scoring with 12 minutes played before Martin Pembleton replied nine minutes later. Thomas Dean regained the lead for Mossley with 33 minutes gone, Ashley Jackson was on hand to equalise on the stroke of half time. Just past the hour mark Jack Tuohy had the final say as he put the hosts in front for the third time.

Sedge’s winning run halted NCEL Premier Division

LIVERSEDGE FC 0 HEMSWORTH MINERS WELFARE 2 LIVERSEDGE’S three-game winning run was brought to an end as they lost at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Richard Collier scored the first goal of the afternoon on 35 minutes to give the visitors the lead. Liversedge stayed in the game but were unable to find the equaliser. With ten minutes remaining Samuel Jones made sure of the points for Hemsworth as he doubled the lead. Last Thursday evening, Sedge beat Garforth Town 3-1 away from home. Daniel Farrar put the visitors ahead with

only six minutes gone and the score remained at 1-0 until half time. Joe Walton doubled the advantage three minutes into the second half, however, Mark Simpson halved the deficit two minutes later. Sedge continued to dominate proceedings and restored their two-goal cushion as Walton grabbed his second on 79 minutes. Elsewhere, Liversedge’s fixture crisis has lessened slightly as all NCEL teams have now been given an extra week to fulfil their fixtures. A number of postponements across the division led to NCEL bosses requesting permission from the FA to extend the season. And teams now have until May 5 to play all their remaining games, however Sedge will still be required to play 10 games in just four weeks.

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Ossett Town, due to merge with Albion at the end of the season, are at home to thirdplaced Leeds City this week hoping for the win that will take the First Division title race to the last day. Town are currently one point behind unbeaten-leaders Farsley Celtic with two games to play. At the other end of the table bottom club Dewsbury Rangers enjoyed some relief from a disastrous season

when they picked up a rare point from a 1-1 draw at Leeds City and this week they are back in Leeds at Republica International. In Division Two, Lower Hopton are at home to Middleton hoping to end their visitors 100 per cent record and keep their own title hopes alive. A win would leave the two sides level on points and the likelihood of goal difference deciding the eventual winners.


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Further expansion needs to happen, says Sawyer RUGBY LEAGUE must look at opportunities to expand in order to raise its own profile, according to Dewsbury chairman Mark Sawyer. The Rams host Toronto Wolfpack for the first time in their history at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm). Dewsbury have introduced a number of offers and reduced admission prices in an attempt to bolster crowd numbers for their clash with the Canadian club. And Sawyer feels that having clubs like Toronto in the Championship helps to raise the profile of the competition and the clubs that compete in it. “Clubs like Toronto give the opportunity of further possible expansion, which is important,” said Sawyer. “There is a limited market in the traditional areas and we have got to look at opportunities to expand. “We have got to embrace it and give it a chance because we need to expand and raise the profile of rugby league one way or another. “Whether that be via international viewing figures or raising the profile in North America, but we have got to take opportunities of expanding the game, in terms of people interested in the sport. “And the only obvious way to do that is to branch outside the traditional markets.

PACKED HOUSE: Rams chairman Mark Sawyer is expected a big crowd when Toronto Wolfpack visit on Sunday afternoon “Toronto’s inclusion is raising the appeal of the Championship but when bigger teams with bigger budgets are coming from abroad it does make it harder for the traditional clubs to compete. “But, if it expands the game and brings in extra funding then it is good for everybody.” Sawyer is hoping that the Rams can turn around their recent downturn in form against

one of the Championship’s big boys. The Dewsbury chairman believes that a win on Sunday afternoon will go a long way to boosting confidence amongst the players. He said: “We could certainly do with a win against a high-profile team, just to build a bit of confidence back up. “Batley certainly competed

with Toronto last week and we have shown that we can compete against Batley.” On Sunday, Super League or Championship season ticket holders can gain admission for £5 upon proof of a valid season ticket. Canadian passport holders can gain free admission upon production of a valid passport. Rams season ticket holders can bring a friend to the game free of charge. Dewsbury have also slashed their admission prices to £10 for standing adults and £2 for standing under-16s. While seated adults will cost £12 and seated under-16s are priced at £6. And Sawyer has revealed that the club has received calls from Canadian passport-holders regarding admission to Sunday’s game. He added: “We are expecting a decent crowd and the phones have been ringing with people asking about all the promotions we have got. “We have had a number of Canadians getting in touch about the offer for Canadian passport holders and some haven’t been to rugby matches before. “That is quite interesting, as there are obviously a lot more Canadian passport holders around than what people realise.”


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Mirfield man earns call-up for Scotland Deaf Football THE JOY of representing your country is not a privilege many people get to experience – but Jordan Marsden is one who has earned such an honour. Jordan, who currently lives in Mirfield, has been selected to represent Scotland Deaf Football. Jordan celebrates his 32nd birthday tomorrow (Saturday) and was born with damaged nerves in his ears, leaving him with only 18 per cent of his hearing. He attended Park Road School in Batley which specialised in deaf schooling, and began to learn British Sign Language. As a child Jordan was a keen sports enthusiast playing everything from rugby to boxing and even martial arts. Football was always his passion, though, and despite being born and raised in North Kirklees, he has always dreamed of playing for Scotland. Jordan qualifies through his grandfather and was brought up with his mother supporting Scotland. The soon to be 32-year-old was invited to trials for both Scotland and England but after attending the Scottish trials the decision of who to play for was an easy one. “I always wanted to play for Scotland and I always have done since I was a young man,” said Jordan. “It was an incredibly proud moment when I was called up. “I can’t wait to wear the Scotland jersey and have an experience on the world stage.”

LIVING THE DREAM: Jordan with Premier League winner Ryan Giggs The Thornhill-born footballer will train with Scotland tomorrow before facing Belgium in a friendly on Saturday, April 28. Jordan currently plays for Doncaster Deaf Football and will travel to Milan on May 28 to take part in the EU Deaf Champions League. He has also represented Manchester United Deaf team and set up Huddersfield Town’s Deaf side, but unfortunately the team folded after a year. And while Jordan is not a Manchester United supporter, he says it was a great honour to repre-

sent one of England’s largest football clubs. “When I joined Manchester United Deaf at the famous Cliff training ground, I am not a United fan but I felt honoured to play for them,” said Jordan. “I learned a lot there when it came to tactics and skills, and I had a great experience with them. “I was able to watch professional players, due to us all training on the same field, and it was one of the years that they won the Premier League so I was able to watch how they trained. “One day I felt I poke on my rib

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and I turned round and it was Sir Alex Ferguson. “I was gobsmacked because he retired the week after, we even had Ryan Giggs come to training with us once. “My idol is Paul Scholes, but I could never find him, he must be quite good at hide and seek. “One day I found him on the field by himself aiming the ball at the crossbar and he didn’t miss once.” The 31-year-old also took up boxing when the Huddersfield Deaf team folded, even though he was told he wasn’t able to fight because of his condition. However, after impressing Left Jab Promotions at a charity event they agreed to train him. He went on to earn a record of six wins, one draw and three losses over the space of two years and won the semi-professional Yorkshire Middleweight title. And Jordan says that others who may have a disability should not let what others think hold them back. He said: “I proved to the people who said I couldn’t box that they were wrong, they don’t know what I can or can’t do. “After I won the Yorkshire title it was to show to others who are deaf or have a disability that they can do great things too, I hope I can encourage and inspire them.” Jordan originally hails from Thornhill Lees but despite his success on the pitch still needs sponsorship in order to play for the Scotland team. His ex-brother-in-law Stuart Hindle says that Jordan is an inspi-

STAR MAN: Jordan dons his tracksuit top for Doncaster Deaf football ration and that any funding help would be hugely appreciated. He said: “All his travel and training fees are currently funded by himself and us as a family when we can afford to help. “He is driven about by his sister, Suzanne Marsden, who’s his biggest fan.” Anyone who wishes to donate to Jordan’s travel costs can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowd funding/ScotlandDeafFootballInter nationalTeamBELGIUM. Or alternatively, contact Stuart on 07486 591543 for further information on potential sponsorship.

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Five-star Cleck win again Season start could be delayed RFU North East One

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CLECKHEATON won their final away game of the season and with it secured their fifthstraight victory. Cleck’s current form pales in comparison to their run at the turn of the year where they went without a win for seven games. Wet weather and a heavy pitch greeted Cleck for their first visit to Preston Avenue in five years. Percy Park kicked off but were forced to make two changes inside the opening five minutes. This weakened the hosts and allowed Cleckheaton to exert pressure in the scrums, which helped them dominate the game. The Spen Valley men took the lead with 11 minutes played as a planned move in midfield created a gap for full-back James Wilson to glide through. Wilson grounded the ball next to the posts to bag his ninth try of the season, Swetman added the extras. A dour but entertaining struggle ensued as the wet conditions made for a number of handling errors. Jack Bickerdike proved a constant threat with neat box kicks, keeping Percy Park on the back foot. The hosts managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time as they kicked a penalty to make it 7-3 at the break. The Moorenders continued to dominate in the second half and almost extended their lead but winger Craig Blackburn was held up just short of the line. However, 12 minutes into the second half

WET SURFACE: The wet weather could prolong the start of the cricket season

MUDBATH: Matt Piper touches down for Cleck at a quagmire Percy Park on Saturday afternoon Cleck got their second try as Matt Piper romped over from 15 metres to take his personal tally for the season into double figures. Swetman made no mistake with the conversion to give the visitors an 11-point lead. Percy Park began to work their way into the game and put Cleck under pressure but a magnificent defensive effort from the Moorenders kept the hosts at bay. The away side conceded several penalties in the closing minutes and were lucky not to concede a penalty try. Piper was sent to the sin bin with a minute to go as he was adjudged to have not released in the tackle. From the resulting penalty, the home side utilised their man advantage as they crashed over for a try which was duly converted. Cleckheaton now have two home games to round off the season, starting with the visit of Penrith tomorrow afternoon.

WITH a marked improvement in the weather forecast there is much to look forward to with the advent of the season’s opening in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League next week. However, it is not certain whether it will start on time. In view of the prolonged wet weather in recent weeks the management board are aware of clubs being unable to properly prepare their wickets. And a decision will be made next Wednesday, April 18, regarding any possible delayed start to the 2018 season. Whatever problems club’s may have experienced in respect of ground preparation there has been no shortage of activity on the transfer front. There are some new faces at Premier Division champions Hanging Heaton where Ben KohlerCadmore has joined from Driffield, Jordon Geldart from Denby Dale, Josh Holling from Pudsey Congs, Aqsad Ali from neighbours Batley and Milo Jennings from North London. Perhaps unsurprisingly, two clubs who spent last season battling relegation in their respective divisions, Cleckheaton and Spen Victoria, have been extremely busy with recruitment in the winter.

Cleckheaton have acquired Tom KohlerCadmore, Ben’s brother, to set up an interesting first-day clash between the two, but they also look to have the X factor this season in the shape of David Paynter – the manufacturer of the Payntr X Cricket Shoe. Paynter is expected to have some unavailability for business reasons but his vast experience in the league with Windhill, Undercliffe, Morley, Wrenthorpe and most recently Pool – and not to mention county experience with Northants, is sure to bring something to the table. In Championship Division 2, Spen Victoria hope to arrest their disastrous slide in recent years with no fewer than six new signings. These include one-time Northants playercoach Tosh Baker, from Buttershaw St Pauls, Josh Fell and Matt Wilby from Gomersal, Mark and Jonathon Phillips from Liversedge and Joe Wood, son of Cleckheaton’s former Durham and Lancashire paceman John. Birstall, relegated from Championship 1, also have a number of new faces in a bid to effect a change of fortune, although two Conference signings might not be the answer to their problems, while their former skipper Dan Busfield has left Hanging Heaton for Ossett.


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return Trojans inches away Maroons to winning ways from crazy comeback NCL Division Two

DEWSBURY MOOR CROSFIELDS

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DEWSBURY MOOR returned to winning ways as they battled past Crosfields at Heckmondwike Road. The Maroons took an early lead and stayed in front for the remainder of the contest. And it was the boot of Luke Adamson which helped to secure what was a second league win of the season for Moor. Man of the match Toby

THORNHILL almost pulled off a remarkable comeback but were forced to settle for a point at home to Skirlaugh. The Trojans trailed 26-4 at one point in the second half but drew level, only for Danny Ratcliffe’s dropgoal attempt to rebound off the crossbar with seconds remaining. Poor goal-kicking cost the Trojans as they out-scored their opponents six tries to five. Skirlaugh tested Thornhill from the kick off and kept the home side pinned on their own tryline. The visitors’ pressure finally told as Carl Puckering crossed for the game’s first try. The away side extended their lead as Mike Johnson took advantage of some inept defending from Thornhill and grounded for a try in the corner. Johnson added his second and Skirlaugh’s third when the Trojans defence became stretched. Emotions boiled over as George Stott and Dave Wilson were both sent off for fighting. The Trojans utilised the extra space, with Will Gledhill sending Joss Ratcliffe over in the corner for the Trojans’ first try. Skirlaugh swiftly cancelled out the

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Richardson opened Dewsbury’s account. Jacob Flathers added another plus one Adamson goal. The Soap replied with a John Whittaker try and Jack Reid conversion and the home side led 10-6 at the break. Moor extended their lead early in the second half. Richardson added another try as did Thomas Harrington and two more Adamson goals put Moor 22-6 up. Tries from Nathan Taylor and Jordan Williams plus a Reid goal reduced the arrears to six points before the boot of Adamson made the game safe.

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score as a quick interchange of passes sliced through the Thornhill defence, Declan Reece touched down close to the posts. The visitors added insult to injury as Reece Dean intercepted the ball and raced the length of the field before teasing the Thornhill support as he delayed his grounding of the ball. From the restart Thornhill started their fightback as Skirlaugh lost possession. Ratcliffe pounced on the loose ball and raced over for a try between the posts. Sam Ratcliffe made a break down the wing before finding Jake Ratcliffe who raced away to score.

Skirlaugh were awarded a penalty and opted to kick for goal, Puckering slotted the two points with ease. As the minutes ticked away Gledhill forced his way over from close range to reduce the deficit to four points. Danny Ratcliffe took advantage of another error from the visitors as he seized upon a knock on and went over in the corner. Sam Ratcliffe had the chance to put Thornhill ahead but missed his conversion attempt. In the final seconds Danny Ratcliffe had the opportunity to complete a stunning comeback but saw his dropgoal attempt hit the crossbar, and the Trojans settled for a draw.

DEWSBURY CELTIC 48 WATERHEAD WARRIORS 0 DEWSBURY CELTIC secured their first home win of the season in some style as they racked up close to a half-century of points. The Green and Whites also put in an excellent defensive shift, keeping their opponents pointless all afternoon. Paul Foulstone was in superb form for Celtic. The centre ran in a second-half hat-trick of tries and landed six goals. Two tries inside the first 10 minutes from Anthony Dunford and Liam Walmsley plus two Foulstone

goals gave Celtic a 12-0 lead. They added two further tries before the break through George Senior and Danny Lee for a 20-0 lead at the break. Foulstone landed two tries in four minutes at the start of the second half before Walmsley went in for his second. A further try came from Danny Thomas before Foulstone completed his treble in the last minute to complete a personal tally of 24 points. Celtic are not in action tomorrow as they were originally scheduled to play St Helens-based Blackbrook. Unfortunately Blackbrook exited the league only a few weeks into the season.

Sharks come out second best in hard-fought affair at Milford NCL Division One

MILFORD MARLINS 12 SHAW CROSS SHARKS 8 SHAW CROSS SHARKS suffered narrow defeat in a tough away trip at Milford Marlins. The Sharks overturned a halftime deficit thanks to a Sam Ottewell try and two Shaun Squires kicks, but couldn’t hold on as Milford stole it with 10 minutes to go. Despite only losing by four points Sharks coach Zach Johnson felt it was the worst performance he has seen this season. “I was a bit embarrassed. Too

many players think they know better than how we were meant to play and they’re just coming up with their own individual stuff and it’s not working,” said Johnson. “If we stick to what we are meant to do then we’ll be alright but as soon as we go away from it, we’re not good enough. “We deserved to lose today.” It was a tough contest throughout and it took more than half an hour for the first points of the game to arrive. Shaw Cross kept the game scoreless with some superb try-line defending early on, making up for some errors as Milford were given the early territory. Ryan Chalkley came closest for

Sharks but was held up, before Milford’s Andy Barker scored after a high kick in the middle of the park caused chaos. The conversion took the score to 6-0 and there it remained until halftime, although the Sharks came very close to a try when Matthew Tebb made a break and offloaded to Squires, but his kick back inside couldn’t find Chalkley. Shaw Cross thought they should have scored 10 minutes into the second half when Chalkley pounced on a loose pass and offloaded to Squires to sprint to the line, but the officials adjudged that he had been held up in the corner. Five minutes later they did have a try however, as Squires made the

break and went past another defender before offloading to Ottewell to score. Squires’ kick brought the scores level, and he got another two from the tee with a penalty soon after to put the Sharks ahead for the first time. Squires was sent to the bin not long after and despite some sharp defending the pressure from Milford finally told as a good passing move put Jacob Skinner through the defence to score. The conversion made it 12-8 and that was how it remained despite a late Sharks onslaught. They forced a number of repeat sets in the final minutes but Milford held firm to hang on.

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Linthwaite secure final clash with Mirfield LINTHWAITE booked their place in the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup Final with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Clifton Rangers last week which sees them meet Mirfield Town in the final. In the Premier Division, AFC Chickenley had Tim Clarke and Levon Zserdicky on target as they drew 2-2 at FC Walkers Hounds to take a vital point in their bid to avoid finishing bottom of the table. Birstall Cricket Club won 2-0 at home to Roberttown Rovers thanks to goals from Johnny Beverley and Dom Carr as they leapfrogged their opponents to move up to

fifth place. With Championship leaders Mount Pleasant not in action, Deighton WMC closed the gap at the top to a single point after an 11-0 demolition of bottom side Overthorpe Sports Club. Coron Rowe and Adam Hill both hit hattricks for Deighton who also had Ben Simpson (two), Alex Shaw, Patrick Davies and Paul Pyke on target. Old Bank WMC remain third after Oliver Rounding and Michael Rounding netted in a 2-1 win over Wire Works. Hanging Heaton Cricket Club and

Ravenswharfe shared the points in an entertaining 5-5 draw. Joe Jagger hit two goals for Hanging Heaton who also had Tom Ramsden, Adam Jordan and Callum Wheatley on the scoresheet, with Ravenswharfe replying through a Stefan Madden hat-trick plus strikes from Ben Smith and Tom Padgett. Clifton Rangers Reserves are a point clear at the top of Division One after they won 71 at home to Clifton Rangers Athletic. Snowdon lie in second spot after Irfan Ali (two) and an own goal saw off the challenge of rivals Battyeford in a 3-2 away win.

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The narrow margin of defeat was a small positive for Johnson in an otherwise disappointing afternoon. “That’s the worst we’ve played and we only lost by four points, but we defended 70 per cent of the time and Melbourne Storm aren’t going to win like that so I don’t think we’re going to,” added Johnson. “I’m not happy with our process, I think we got marched down the field because we made a mess of the ruck. “As an attacking outfit we offered nothing, we went as individuals and when those individuals did try things it didn’t work. “There’ll be some hard lessons learned and some tough conversations had.”

Boys start league season with victory BATLEY BOYS started their Yorkshire Men’s League Premier campaign with a 14-6 win over New Earswick in awful conditions. Man of the match Adam Bingham inspired the Boys with a personal tally of 10 points. Bingham got the first points as he stepped past the defenders to score underneath the posts. The stand-off added the conversion to put Batley 6-0 ahead. The Boys forwards worked well and laid the platform in attack while keeping New Earswick scoreless in the first half. The home side continued to dominate in the second half before Josh Scruton added a second try. Bingham added a superb conversion from the touchline. The visitors replied with a converted try of their own before Bingham sealed the points with a late penalty goal.


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Brave effort from Batley Betfred Championship

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at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium BATLEY produced a brave effort against big-spending Toronto Wolfpack but came up short as a 12-minute second-half hat-trick from Gareth O’Brien turned the game on its head. The Bulldogs headed into half-time in front following a thunderous first-half display, while the Wolfpack had struggled to execute in the final third. The visitors found their rhythm after the break, however, with O’Brien their chief tormentor, as Paul Rowley’s Wolfpack recorded their seventh-consecutive victory. Batley pegged Toronto back during the opening stages of the contest, but the hosts’ indiscipline let the visitors off the hook on more than one occasion. Quick hands out to the left released Liam Kay, who was halted by Dave Scott, but two plays later, Josh McCrone ghosted through the Batley defence for the first try. Ryan Brierley added a good conversion to make it 6-0, but the scores were level shortly after. Alex Rowe forced the error from Ashton Sims, and the Bulldogs earned back-to-back penalties, before James Harrison latched onto Patch Walker’s grubber kick for a Bulldogs score. Walker’s simple conversion, and his 1,500th career point, made it 6-6. The Wolfpack nearly went back in front when quick hands forced Wayne

MATCH STATS FEATHERSTONE: Ian Hardman 6 Luke Briscoe 7 Misi Taulapapa 6 Harry Newman 7 Shaun Robinson 7 Martyn Ridyard 6 Tom Holmes 9 Jack Ormondroyd 6 Keal Carlile 6 Brad Knowles 6 Connor Farrell 7 John Davies 7 James Lockwood 6 Subs: Matty Wildie 9, Gareth Hock 6, Luke Cooper 7, Sam Brooks 7. Tries: Farrell (15, 26), Newman (33, 69), Wildie (36, 44, 62), Briscoe (65). Goals: Ridyard 7/8. DEWSBURY: Josh Guzdek Rob Worrincy Lucas Walshaw Macauley Hallett Dale Morton Paul Sykes Danny Ansell Jode Sheriffe Robbie Ward Jack Teanby Jordan Crowther Rob Spicer Aaron Brown Subs: Dom Speakman, 7, Harry Woollard 5, Kyle Trout 5, Martyn Reilly 5. Tries: Sheriffe (9), Brown (21), Hallett (31). Goals: Sykes 3/3. Referee: G. Dolan Half-time: 22-18 Penalties: 8-8 Sin bin: None Sent off: None Weather: Mild, but muddy pitch Man of the match: Tom Holmes (Featherstone) Attendance: 2,031 Match rating: 4/5.

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Reittie to knock the ball down to prevent Kay from crossing on the left. But two plays later, Sims’s wild offload handed possession back to Batley. Toronto kicked well up the slope in the latter stages of the first half, but threw forward passes and wasted possession in good positions, and were unable to regain the lead. Scott’s break from full-back drew a penalty for the Bulldogs, which helped switch the game’s momentum after Toronto had mounted pressure. Reittie went close to scoring for Batley on play three, but play was brought back for a forward pass. Then, against the run of play, Batley grabbed the lead just shy of half-time. Reittie juggled and snapped up Jack Bussey’s pass before racing 70 metres to score in the corner. Walker added a superb goal from the touchline to make it 12-6 at the break. Reittie suffered a shoulder injury while scoring the try and received treatment well into the interval, before eventually being helped up-field and down the tunnel. Batley made a bright start to the second half and applied pressure during the early stages but Toronto quickly settled in to the contest playing down the slope. Walker’s late shot handed Toronto a penalty, but McCrone’s kick on the last went straight into Batley hands. Jonny Pownall went close moments later, while Chase Stanley’s scoot was snuffed out on the Batley line. Again Toronto poured forward, this time through Kay’s break, but Lewis Galbraith bundled Pownall into touch

MATCH STATS BATLEY: Dave Scott 8 Wayne Reittie 8 Sam Smeaton 7 Lewis Galbraith 7 Jason Crookes 7 Patch Walker 8 Dom Brambani 7 Tommy Holland 8 Alistair Leak 7 Alex Rowe 8 James Harrison 8 Brad Day 8 Joel Farrell 7 Subs: James Davey 7, James Brown 8, Dane Manning 8, Michael Ward 7. Tries: Harrison (12), Reittie (39), Day (80). Goals: Walker 3/3.

CONSOLATION: Brad Day scored on the hooter for Batley against Toronto on the next play. The hosts’ resistance eventually broke in the 50th minute when O’Brien span out of a tackle close to the line and dotted down. Brierley sent his conversion attempt wide, to preserve Batley’s lead, and he was again unable to add the extras after O’Brien added a second try to hand the visitors the lead. And the former Salford player completed a hat-trick nine minutes later when he glided through from a ball out the back. Brierley’s goal put eight points between the sides as the contest

approached the final 15 minutes, and Bussey’s score less than five minutes later put the contest beyond doubt. To their immense credit, after losing the energy battle for the middle 20 minutes of the second half, the Bulldogs found an extra gear in the final 10 minutes to prevent the score from blowing up, and they deservedly grabbed the game’s final try. After Sam Hopkins had been sinbinned for a dangerous throw, the Bulldogs spread the ball left to send Brad Day over, and Walker’s third goal of the afternoon narrowed the final deficit to just eight points.

TORONTO: Gareth O’Brien Jonny Pownall Chase Stanley Greg Worthington Liam Kay Josh McCrone Ryan Brierley Jacob Emmitt Andy Ackers Ashton Sims Jack Bussey Richard Whiting Jack Buchanan Subs: Reni Maitua 8, Adam Sidlow 8, Sam Hopkins 8, Blake Wallace 8.

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Tries: McCrone (8), O’Brien (50, 53, 62), Bussey (68). Goals: Brierley 3/5. Referee: T. Grant Half-time: 12-6 Penalties: 8-8 Sin bin: Hopkins (80, dangerous throw) Sent off: None Weather: Cloudy Man of the Match: Gareth O’Brien (Toronto) Attendance: 1,151 Match rating: 4/5.

Dewsbury blitzed by Rovers Betfred Championship

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at the LD Nutrition Stadium DEWSBURY are still waiting for their first win since February 25 after Featherstone overcame a poor start to score 36 unanswered points. The introduction of interchange hooker Matty Wildie was a major factor in their revival as he scored three pacy tries. But it was Tom Holmes who ran the show – he had a hand in five of Fev’s eight tries. Losing coach Neil Kelly praised his side’s fine start but felt they ran out of steam in the second half. “We didn’t have the energy to keep it up. We’ve had a tough time lately against the top sides, but we’ll keep at it and hopefully give them a game later in the season,” he said. “I see us competing just below the top four and hope we can turn things around when we get the likes of Featherstone and Toronto behind us so that we can put things into perspective. “Hopefully when they come to ours later in the season we’ll give them a tougher game.” Featherstone dominated possession early on without any success. Afterwards, the Rams gained successive penalties, Jode Sheriffe wrestled his way over from close range and Paul Sykes added the extras. Fev responded quickly when Holmes weaved his way through three defenders to find Connor Farrell in support and he went over. Ridyard’s conversion levelled the scores.

OPENER: Jode Sheriffe opened the scoring as Dewsbury suffered a heavy defeat away at Featherstone Rovers on Sunday afternoon Aaron Brown put the Rams back in front, storming onto Danny Ansell’s pass, he broke through from 15 metres and stretched out to touch down under the posts and make Sykes’s conversion a formality. Rovers responded again, through Farrell off a Holmes pass. The Rams scored again after Dom Speakman’s speculative kick down the touchline was hacked on by Dale Morton for Macauley Hallett to score. Sykes’ touchline conversion gave them an 18-10 lead. Fev hit back quickly through Holmes

– this time he sent a lobbed pass to Harry Newman who narrowed the deficit to two. And when Matty Wildie raced home from 40 metres, Rovers finally had a lead – 22-18 – just before the interval. Rovers stretched that narrow lead shortly after the break and never looked back. Brooks and Cooper combined again to put Holmes through on halfway, and he found Wildie on his inside for a 20metre race to the posts. Ridyard converted for his 800th career goal. There were then three converted

tries in seven minutes. Wildie completed his hat-trick with a fine dummy and diagonal run to the line. Briscoe continued his run of scoring in 12 consecutive games, a summer era record, and continued his dominance of the try scoring charts – 21 in 11 games and 17 in the Championship. Dual registered Leeds Rhinos youngster Newman then wrapped up the scoring by selling an outrageous dummy on halfway before racing down the touchline and stepping inside Josh Guzdek to register his sixth try in three games.


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Wounded Bulldogs ready to give all By Ben McKenna BATLEY BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin says his team are “walking wounded” going into their Championship clash with Toulouse Olympique tomorrow afternoon. Batley host the Championship’s secondplaced team at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium tomorrow (3pm). By full time in tomorrow’s clash Batley will have played four games in 15 days. But Diskin insists his side will give their all before they have a week’s rest due to Challenge Cup action next weekend. “You look at the games we played against Toulouse last year, they played some fantastic rugby,” said Diskin. “They have added some real quality halfbacks and they are a big strong set and they have some speed to burn. “They had a fantastic win at London, so we know we are going to be in for a tough test. “Following the Easter period the boys are a bit battered and bruised, the boys are walking wounded at the moment. “We have got one more big effort against Toulouse this week and we are going to put everything into it. “Then the boys have got a week’s rest because of the Challenge Cup, so they will leave nothing in the tank and put their bodies

RULED OUT: Batley Bulldogs’ Wayne Reittie on the line, I’m sure of it.” Diskin is hoping that home advantage will

play a big part in tomorrow’s encounter. And he was full of praise for his side who pushed league-leading Toronto Wolfpack all the way at Mount Pleasant last Sunday. The Bulldogs eventually lost 26-18 but the boss added: “We are very confident when we play at home and we are finally showing marks of the team we want to become. “Toronto played some really good rugby coming out of yardage but in the game I thought we were really unlucky. “We dominated them physically, we struggled a bit when they sped up the ruck but we scrambled really well and defended our hearts out. “I am really gutted for the boys because they put absolutely everything into the game and they fell just short, they were really unlucky.” Wayne Reittie injured his shoulder when he scored against Toronto and could be sidelined for a number of months. Diskin admits that the winger’s return won’t be swift but they are waiting for the results of a scan to discover the extent of the injury. He said: “It is not going to be a quick but we are waiting on the results of a scan. “On the back of that, Patch Walker has some severe back pain so he may miss this week as well.”

Rams aim to turn tables on Wolfpack DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Neil Kelly is hoping to mark Sunday’s historic game against Toronto Wolfpack with a win. The former Widnes chief has been involved in numerous big games with Dewsbury down the years, including a Northern Ford Premiership win in 2000. Toronto currently sit top of the Championship table with eight wins, a draw and a loss from their first 10 games. And Kelly believes that Sunday’s game will live long in the memory if his side can secure the two league points. “I have been involved in some significant games in my time with Dewsbury,” said Kelly. “The last game at the old Crown Flatt, the first game at the new Crown Flatt and big Grand Finals in the Northern Ford Premiership several years ago,” said Kelly. “They are all good to play in and people will always remember these type of games better when

READY FOR HISTORY: Rams boss Neil Kelly is hoping for a big win on Sunday you win. “Given that we are at home, we feel we can beat anyone but history tells us that doesn’t always happen. “You have got to do certain things in the game, home or away, we need to make sure we are completing, that we are

defending and that we get our kicking pressure right. “Toronto will have their breaking points, other teams have got something out of the games against them this year as we saw how Barrow drew with them earlier on in the season. “If we do the right things and

believe, then we will win. “It would be a great time to bounce back in front of a big crowd but come 3pm all the focus will go on the field. “Against Featherstone last week, we were excellent in some departments but the whole of the squad needs to compete for 100 per cent of the time.” Elsewhere, Dewsbury have confirmed that forward Jode Sheriffe has signed a new deal at the Rams, keeping him with the club until the end of 2019. Kelly was full of praise for his number eight and feels he is the kind of player that he can build a team around. He added: “Jode has been massive for us, I can’t overstate how important he has been to the side. “That is why, if I am looking at it from a competitive point of view, I think he is a really important signing for us. “He is the sort of player that you can build a side around.”

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Sharks and Trojans renew league rivalry SHAW CROSS SHARKS and Thornhill Trojans will face off for the first time in the National Conference League since the Trojans were admitted back into the competition in 2015. Both clubs have met in the Heavy Woollen Cup over the past few years, with Thornhill beating Shaw Cross in the last two finals. However, tomorrow’s (Sat) game is the first time the sides have met at Leeds Road for a league clash for a number of years. The Trojans were welcomed back into the NCL three seasons ago and have since earned two promotions. Shaw Cross were promoted to Division One in 2013 and have established themselves in the second tier of the community game. Both sides have only won once so far this season, but Thornhill sit above Shaw Cross having drawn two of their four games, and playing one more than their rivals. Sharks chairman Brett Turner says there isn’t a rivalry quite like it in the Heavy Woollen area. “The games are always big occasions and you always get a decent crowd, as with any local derby,” said Turner. “It will be nice to play them at home, we have not played them at home for a long time. “There is a rivalry there, especially now we are back in the same league. “I remember we won a game with a 55metre penalty in the last minute when we used to be in the same league years ago, there was a real fierce rivalry then. “It is still there and I think it always will be, when I grew up with the other lads my age at the club there weren’t many other teams in the area and we got a really good rivalry going. “It would be really nice to get a win, we have been on the wrong end of it for the last few years now and it would be nice to get a win at home.” Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 2.30pm at Leeds Road in Shaw Cross.

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